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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1780
|Arthur Lee to Elbridge Gerry about accounts and supplies
|6 December 1780
|Lee, Arthur (1740-1792)
|Docketed in Gerry's hand. Tells Gerry that Congress has finally decided to satisfy his accounts "declaring that no charge against me have been proved." Comments that he thinks "a serious inquiry into the conduct of the Commissioners, must soon commence" and defends the quality of the military supplies he secured from Gardoqui & Co. in France. Briefly relates news of advantages against Lord Cornwallis and General Leslie's evacuation of Virginia. Lee had been recalled from France, suspected of abusing his diplomatic post.
|Revolutionary War Corruption and Scandal Finance Diplomacy Congress Government and Civics Continental Congress Military History Military Supplies Global History and Civics France Battle
|Lee, Arthur (1740-1792) Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814)
|The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Arthur Lee was an American diplomat, politician, and political writer. He, along with Silas Deane and Benjamin Franklin, was appointed Commissioner to France by the Continental Congress (1776) in order to negotiate a treaty and solicit aid. Lee also sought aid in Spain and Germany and served in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Continental Congress (1781-1784).
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859