<br /> Lee Letter: n647

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

I am just favord with yours of the 13th. We have a letter from Mr. Parsons
our Agent at Martinique June 13th. Tobago taken by one Ship of the
line, 2 frigates & 800 troops. Several Vessels Loaded in the
Harbour fell into the Hands of the French.1
We have no acct of the force or the disposition of the fleets.

Not much credit due to the article in the paper abt Barbadoes.

Mr Franklin has sent us Several Original Letters chiefly from Lord George
Germain to Sr. Hy Clinton &ca. They were taken in an English packet
& carryd into France.2 The Substance of
these Letters will be publishd I expect to morrow, & I will look
out for an opportunity to Send it to you before post. At present I will
only say in General that they express the strongest confidence that
America was at that time on the Brink of returning to G.B. Mr. Potts
has this moment show’d me what he has wrote you on this Subject which
makes it unnecessary for me to add any thing.

The President has a Letter from Genl Green the 9th of June – not yet read in
Congress – Augusta taken-great & valuable stores fallen into our
hands.3

I fear Genl. Green has raisd the Seige of 96 & that Wayne has been
severely handeld by Cornwallis.

No official acct of these matters.

Present me to yr Lady. I am Dr Sr., with great esteem & regard, Yrs
&c,

Danl Carroll

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Emmet Collection, New York Public Library.

1 Samuel Parsons’ June 13 letter reporting the capture of Tobago in late May
by an assault contingent of the comte de Grasse’s Fleet was read in
Congress July 16. See /CC, 20:750; and PCC, item 90, 1:365 – 66. See
also William M. James, The British Navy in Adversity (1926; reprint
ed., New York: Russell and Russell, 1970), pp. 261 – 63. Although
secretary Thomson indicated in the journals that a second June 13
letter from Parsons was read that day, it is not in PCC.

2 Extracts from these “Original Letters,” which had been taken from a
captured British packet bound from Falmouth, Eng., to New York, had
been read in Congress the preceding day, having arrived almost
simultaneously in an April 9 letter from John Laurens at Versailles
and an April 25 letter from John Jay at Madrid, for which See JCC,
20:750 – 51; PCC, item 110, 1:397 – 409, item 165, fols. 99 – 102; and
Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, 4:355 – 56, 384 – 89. For the
“Letters” themselves and their subsequent publication, see Thomas
McKean to Washington, this date. The intercepted letters had
originally been sent to Benjamin Franklin at Passy. He undoubtedly
provided John Laurens with copies and on April 12 sent copies to John
Jay (together with a duplicate of his March 12 letter which had been
read in Congress on May 28) asking Jay to forward the extracts “by
different conveyances, as the contents of some are important.”
Franklin further enclosed other copies of the intercepted letters in
his May 3 letter to Congress, which was read on September 24, the
same day that a duplicate of John Laurens’ April 9 letter arrived.
See JCC, 20:549, 21:996; PCC, item 82, 1:355; and Wharton,
Diplomatic Correspondence, 4:357 – 59.

3 Nathanael Greene had in fact written two letters on June 9 mentioning the
fall of Augusta, both of which were read in Congress this day. See
JCC, 20:755; and PCC, item 155, 2:113 – 30.