<br /> Lee Letter: n675

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

Parker delivered your Excelys. Letter to the President of Congress about
one o’Clock this morning informing of the Capture of Lord
Cornwallis.1 His Excellency informed me that
Your attention required a politer acknowledgemt than he had at present
time to make & therefore was obliged to delay his Letter of
acknowledgement till to morrow.2

I most sincerely congratulate your Excellency on this most important Event
much heighten’d by little or no loss to the American Army. With my
respectful Compliments to the Council,

I am, Sir Yr. Excellencys most
Obed Sevt,

Daniel of St Thos Jenifer3

Notes:

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

1 Lee’s October 20 letter, which was endorsed by Pres. Thomas McKean
“Received at 2 o’Clock A.M. Octr. 22d. 1781,” was read in Congress
this day. Lee enclosed a translated copy of an October 18 letter from
the comte de Grasse who had informed the governor that in the wake of
Cornwallis’ capitulation he would reembark his marines and “quit the
bay Chesapeak” with the intention of “stopping if I can Sir Henry
Clinton.” See JCC, 21:1068; PCC, item 70, fols. 495 – 99.

2 President McKean apparently never sent the promised “acknowledgement.”

3 Although Jenifer’s credentials would not expire until a new slate of
Maryland delegates was elected on November 28, this is his last
letter as a congressional delegate and he is not listed in attendance
in Congress after November 5. Nevertheless, he called on
Superintendent Robert Morris on the 8th for “an Estimate of the
Expence of the Civil List which he wanted to transmit to his State”
and was invited by Morris on the 12th to dine with him on the 15th.
He did not vote with his fellow delegates on November 14. See JCC,
21:1100, 1103, 1114, 1152; and Morris, Papers (Ferguson), 3:163, 173,
187.