<br /> Lee Letter: n771

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Duer


Your letter of the 10th Inst. was this day received and laid before
Congress – no immediate Order was taken upon it. If I may be permitted
a conjecture, I would suppose that the enclosed resolve upon the
subject of your letter was considered as the sense of Congress on that
point1 – should this not correspond with your
idea, you will please to signify your opinion upon that point in a
subsequent letter.

I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient and very humble servant,

Richard Henry Lee


Letter book, Papers of Continental Congress, item 16, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 In his December 10 letter to Congress, Duer had explained that his contract
for provisioning the troops at West Point would expire at the end of
December, and “As it is probable (from the present State of the
Finance Department) that congress may not be able to take timely
Measures for Continuing the Supply,” he was prepared to continue
under the contract through January. However, because the commander at
West Point, Maj. John Doughty, had already written about his
plight – explaining that there were no treasury commissioners or war
office officials available to address the needs of the troops at West
Point – Congress had already authorized the extension of Duer’s
contract through February, by terms of the December 11 resolves Lee
enclosed with this letter. See PCC, item 78, 8:81 – 87, 97 – 100; and
JCC, 27:681 – 82. For Duer’s continuing efforts to obtain payment for
rations supplied Continental troops, see also JCC, 28:79 – 81; and PCC,
item 78, 8:101 – 4.