. Lee is referring to Williams' letter of 23 Jan
., which mentioned the numbers on the packages belonging to Simeon Deane, and apparently
to the reply of the Commissioners to that letter of 9 Feb
. (both above). The decision to print the reply as being from the Commissioners is
based on Lee's statement here that he “signd the letter,” and on Jonathan Williams'
reply, directed to the Commissioners, of 20 Feb. (PPAmP
: Franklin Papers). At the foot of Lee's letterbook copy of the response, however,
is the note: “not sign'd by A L.” (PCC
, No. 102, IV, f. 151–152). Since the recipient's copy of the letter has not been
found, it is impossible to determine whether Lee did sign the letter.