<br /> Lee Letter: n657

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Thomas McKean
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

On the 6th instant in the morning I received your Excellency’s letter of
the 4th, respecting the movements of Ld. Cornwallis’s Army in Virginia,
and laid the same, with the inclosures, before Congress. Copies were
immediately made out, and transmitted to the Board of war and the
Presidents of the States of Pennsylvania and
Delaware.1

You will receive inclosed herewith an Act of Congress of the 14th instant,
and in consequence thereof eight blank passports for the purpose of
importing salt from Bermuda.2 The reluctance
with which Congress granted these Passports will appear from the Act
itself: necessity alone could justify it; and therefore their extreme
caution is expressed in the manner it is, and to prevent as much as
possible any jealousies among the Merchants or States on this account.

I have the honor to be, Sir, with the greatest regard, Your Excellency’s
most obedient humble servant,

Tho M:Kean President

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. In a clerical hand and signed by
McKean.

1 See McKean to Joseph Reed and Caesar Rodney, August 7, 1781.

2 See Virginia Delegates to Thomas Nelson, August 14, note 2; Maryland
Delegates to Lee, August 18, 1781; and the following entry.