<br /> Lee Letter: n641

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Potts
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

Long ’ere this I expected to have opened a Correspondence with you from
this City, but Circumstances already communicated prevented my earlier
Attendance on Congress.1 As our information
very imperfect, from the Southward passes through that State nothing
can be expected on that Subject, our prospects there are become more
favorable and from the spirited and truly laudable Exertions of
Maryland much may be hoped for if time is allowed for their Arrival.
The french have a small Reinforcement arrived at Boston, a fifty Gun
Ship, 2 frigates and some transports with Horses for their Army and
between 12 & 1500 Men,2 to
counterbalance this we have a report that a fleet supposed to be the
Cork fleet was seen twelve days ago off Charles Town, if true a Reverse
of fortune must take Place in that State. The great Business is over in
a manner I beleive consistent with the voice of our State – the
particulars are not to be communicated. For your Amusement I inclose
you the last Papers. Be pleased to make a Tender of my Compliments to
Mrs. Lee and believe me with Sentiments of perfect Esteem,

Yours very

R Potts

1000 Arms will be sent off in a few days to
Maryland,3 they were like those sent to the
Eastern Shore, but with Alterations & Repairs are rendered very


Receiver’s copy, Lee, Horsey, and Carroll Papers deposit (1985), Maryland
Historical Society.

1 For Potts “Attendance,” see Daniel Carroll to Lee, June 12, 1781, note 1.

2 For the arrival in Boston in early June of the small French reinforcement
escorted by the 50-gun Sagittaire, see Lafayette, Papers (Idzerda),
4:202 – 4; and Lee B. Kennett, The French Forces in America, 1780 – 1783
(Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977), pp. 107 – 8, 112.

3 For the Board of War’s promise that 1,500 stand of arms would be sent to
Maryland “in 7 days time,” see Maryland Delegates to Lee, June 4,