<br /> Lee Letter: n680

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

We have the honor to enclose an extract from the communications lately made
by the Minister of France to Congress,1
& request to be informd of the quantity of arms, & military
Stores you have orderd, and of any other circumstances relative to this
subject you may see proper.

We have, the honor to be, with great respect, your Excellency’s most Obt
Servts, John Hanson

Danl. Carroll

“The Count de Vergennes in a letter dated the 7th of Sepr. mentions, that
in consequence of applications from the States of Virginia, &
Maryland, the King had orderd a number of arms, & military Stores
to be shipd to them, Subject however to the order of Congress: that
these were to be paid for out of the Loan-negotiating in Holland, which
he had reason to think wou’d be compleated.”

Notes:

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

1 On November 23, 1781, the secretary for foreign affairs, Robert R.
Livingston, laid before Congress the transcript of a “verbal
communication” made to him by the French minister, La Luzerne, which
summarized, in part, a September 7 letter from the comte de
Vergennes. The communication was entered by Secretary Thomson in the
secret foreign journal under the date January 25, 1782, apparently
because a plan of a convention concerning consular powers was adopted
that day, but was printed by Gaillard Hunt under the date it was
received. See JCC, 21:1137 – 40; PCC, item 5, 2:617 – 20; and Wharton,
Diplomatic Correspondence, 4:859 – 60.