<br /> Lee Letter: n839

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Charles Thomson
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Sir

The enclosed Letter from M. de Marbois & M. Coustard with the papers
accompanying it came to hand the latter end of last week under a cover
directed to the President of Congress.1 But
being found to relate only to the condemnation of the prize taken by
Mr. Jones and other Americans, a subject about which you had written to
him,2 I have it in charge to forward them on
to you.

As it is possible the persons interested may chuse to prosecute their claim
and apply to the Duke de Penthievre,3 to
whose use the prize was condemned, and it may be of use to them to have
an Exemplification of the Acts of Congress under which they claim a
right to the prize, I have applied to Congress and with their leave
send you the Exemplification which is herewith
enclosed.4

With great respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient &
most hum servt.,

Cha Thomson

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Henry A. Willard Autograph Collection, Library of
Congress.

1 Not identified.

2 Not found.

3 That is, Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, duc de Penthièvre, Grand Admiral of
France.

4 Enclosures not found, but Thomson may have sent Lee copies of the prize
ordinances of March 27 and December 4, 1781, and amendment of
February 26, 1782. See JCC, 19:314 – 16,
21:1152 – 58, 22:99 – 100.