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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.




Trenton                                                                November 30th 1784




                I have the honor to inform you that Eight States being met the United States in Congress assembled have this day proceeded to the choice of a President & have elected for the ensuing year, His Excellency Richard Henry Lee.

I have the honor to be


Your most obt. and

most hume servt.

Chas. Thomson[1] sery

His Excellency

The Governor of

Rhode Island



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.062, Jessie Ball DuPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 27

[1] Charles Thomson (1729-1824) was Irish-born. He moved to Philadelphia and supported the American Revolution. He served as secretary of the Continental Congress from 1774-1789.

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