[Sam Huntington, President, Philadelphia to His Excellency
the Governor Lee]
Sir By the Act of Congress of this Day herewith enclosed you
will be informed of the Measures they have adopted for the
removing of the Convention Troops to Fort Frederick in Maryland,
in Case it shall be found necessary, and providing Magazines to
supply them if removed.
Congress have thought proper to take this Precaution to prevent
any Embarrassment or Surprize, though it is to be hoped there may
be no Occasion to remove them; but should Circumstances render
their Removal necessary, the Governor of Virginia to whom I have
transmitted a Duplicate of this Act will give your Excellency sea-
sonable Information thereof.
You will also be informed by the Act enclosed that Congress will
vise every Exertion to supply Tents & Arms for the use of the
Militia of Maryland & Virginia, at the same Time recommending
to those States in the strongest Manner to leave no Steps untried
which may have a Tendency to furnish those necessary Articles.
[Richd Dallam, Harford County, to His Excellency
Thomas Sim Lee Esqr]
Sir I expected the People wld generally pay the Tobacco Tax in
wheat if made acquainted with the wants of the Army & esspetially
as the Law obliged them to pay Cash after the first Octr which they
complain is very scarce. I have taken some trouble to Prevail on
the People to deliver me the wheat but find the Sheriff has given
out that he will pay the Tax in Tobacco and receive wheat some
time hence this being a Busy season with the farmers they readily
except the indulgence by which means I shall get little wheat, The
Sherif I understand has bought a considerable Quantity of Tobacco
& boast that he shall make 3000£ As I looke on his scheem as a
prejudice to the public by which they will loose one half the Tax
& preventd from geting the supply of Provisions wanting in Time
I have thought it my duty to give your Excellency the information.
I have mentiond it to the Commissioners they know not how to
Our Clark refuses taking the new money for Ordinary Licences
therefore I have no hope of passing one Shilling. The Taxes &
duties I expected wld give the money some Credit.
I am exceedingly concerned for the frequent Trouble I am
obliged to give your Excellency but as it proceeds from an Opinion
of its being my duty I hope to be excused. Situated as I am Its out
of my Power to give reason to expect such a supply as 1 wish ot
Provisions from this County.