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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.456
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1780 
Title Arthur Lee to Elbridge Gerry about accounts and supplies
Date 6 December 1780
Author Lee, Arthur (1740-1792)  
Recipient Gerry, Elbridge  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Corruption and Scandal  Finance  Diplomacy  Congress  Government and Civics  Continental Congress  Military History  Military Supplies  Global History and Civics  France  Battle  
People Lee, Arthur (1740-1792)  Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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).
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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