<br /> Lee Letter: n643

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

We received your Excellencys Letter which you did us the honor to write the
22d Inst.

We are truely sensible of your Excellencys & the Councils inclination
to support us in this place, We have only to regret that the means in
your power have not hitherto been adequate to the purpose; but if the
Tobacco which you put under Mr Keys direction, arrives safe, we shall
be relieved from every Difficulty wch. we have for some time laboured
under.

We have not seen Mr Mollohon, but have not the least doubt of his honoring
Mr Keys Order.1

By Letters from the Marquis Fayette the 18th at Allens
Creek2 22 Miles from Richmond (where Lord
Cornwallis was then encamped) we are informed, that the Marquis having
been joined, by Wayne, some Riflemen & Militia, and being informed
that Cornwallis was marching towards Baron Steuben, He the Marquis by a
forced March got between his Lordship & the Baron which obliged the
former to change his rout and March to Richmond.

We are sorry that the 300 stand of Arms which were to be sent off last
Tuesday by the board of War to Maryland, only goes this day, We are
promissed that the others to the amount of 1500 including the 200 sent
& the 300 shall soon follow, the pressing demands from Virga. has
prevented our coming in for our share
sooner.3 You may depend that we shall give
every attention in our power to this object ’till it is fully obtained.
Congress have not received any late information either from Europe or
the West Indias.

We have the honor to be with the highest respect & Esteem, Sr, your
Excs. most obedient Servants,

Daniel of St Thos Jenifer
Danl. Carroll
R. Potts

PS. We have not at present any prospect of success of purchasing Arms at
this place.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. Written by Jenifer and signed by
Jenifer, Carroll, and Potts.

1 In its letter of June 22 the Maryland Council informed the delegates that
Philip Key was currently transporting 230 hogsheads of tobacco to be
sold in Philadelphia for their use and that Key had drawn an order on
William Molohon of Philadelphia for £60 specie to be delivered
to them. See Md. Archives, 45:483. See also the Maryland delegates’
letter to Lee of May 28 (not in printed text), and their two letters
of June 12, 1781.

2 Lafayette had sent Congress a copy of his June 18 report to Nathanael
Greene under a brief covering letter of the same date, which was read
on June 25. See JCC, 20:693; PCC, item 156, fols. 149 – 52; and
Lafayette, Papers (Idzerda), 4:191 – 93.

3 For the effort to secure arms for Maryland, see Maryland Delegates to Lee,
June 4, and Richard Potts to Lee, June 19, 1781, note 3.