<br /> Lee Letter: n654

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

The Board of War assures us that the remaining 500 Stand of Arms, & the
two Field peices will be sent down immediately – probably the Waggons
will leave this place to morrow.1 We applied
to the Board to send a guard, but find it cannot be done. Instructions
will be given to the Conductor to convey the arms &ca down by the
safest rout. We take the Liberty of suggesting to you whether it wou’d
not be proper to direct a guard to meet the waggons on the road.

We are with great respect, Your Excellencys Most Obt. Servt.

Daniel of St Thos Jenifer
Danl. Carroll

P.S. The intelligence of the arrival of some troops at New York given in
our last letter is contradicted.

Notes:

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

1 For the Board of War’s original assurance that 1,500 stand of arms would be
ready for shipment to Maryland “in 7 days time,” see Maryland
Delegates to Lee, June 4, 1781. The following day Carroll sent Lee an
August 8 invoice of the arms shipment with a brief letter to the
delegates from Commissary General Samuel Hodgdon, which is in the
Brown Books, MdAA. It was enclosed with Carroll’s brief comment: “The
Board of War informs that the Arms were ordered to go by Lancaster
& from thence the nearest road to Baltimore – this we mention that
you may know where to meet them. It is thought proper to send a guard. . . . N.B. Mr Jenifer not present.” Brown Books, MdAA.