<br /> Lee Letter: n653

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

The express deliverd me your favor of the 3d & 4th of Augt. The
movement of the Enemy up the Bay is contrary to the judgement of the
Learned in war at this place; but I have thought it probable his
Gallant Lordship woud not Leave our State unvisited in his Tour. If New
York does not appear to him to be in such immediat danger, as to make a
reinforcement immediately necessary – affairs in the South must pinch
his Lordship severely. Several flags have arrvd here from Augustine
& Charles Town within these few days. The Gentlemen by these
Vessels inform us that 96 has been evacuated (this acknowledgd by
Rivington) that a Body of the Enemy have been attackd & drove from
Monks Corners with Considerable loss of men & all their baggage
which they were obligd to distroy (the Charles Town Gazettee says
almost as much), That our parties are almost every day within 5 or 6
Miles of Charles Town & have cut of several Small parties of the
Enemy, That the Body of troops left at Orangeburgh (the Remainder of
Lord Rawdons force that relievd 96) was Surrounded, & likely to
fall into our hands. If this last shou’d prove true, what will prevent
Genl Greene from making a triumphant entry into Charles Town unless
Cornwallis turns his face that way immediately. The Gentlemen by these
flags, many of them of character, say that intelligence was receivd at
Charles Town (I believe by a Packet) that a considerable part of the
homeward bound Statia fleet has been taken & carried into France by
Le Motte Piquet, & that Commadore Johnson had been severely beat by
some French Squadron, Supposed to be near the Cape of Good Hope. They
speak of this with Confidence. I seldom trouble you with reports – these
are so important & came in such a manner I cou’d not avoid
mentioning them.

I[t] gives me real pleasure to find such a spirit prevailing among my
Countrymen as you mention.

Mr. Ridgate took charge of yr. hat & of Mrs Digges Stays & Shoes.
Pray let her Know this. I will write to her in a day or two.

I have Recd. only abt. £10 from Mullahan – not more than 39 hhds come to
hand. The Sale dull & low for ready money. We have advised him to
take Some measures to secure the Tobacco abt. Elk.

Present my Compt. to yr Lady & believe Dr. Sr yrs. with the greatest
regard,

Danl Carroll

N.B. Genl. Washington writes that the acct. he sent of the arival of some
troops at the Hook provd not true.1

Notes:

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

1 Washington’s August 2 letter to Congress, which contradicted information
sent in his letter of July 30, had been read in Congress on August 6.
See Thomas McKean to Washington, August 3, note 1, and this day, note
1.