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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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.



dear Sir[1]                               Richmond Novr 11th


Will you be so good as to procure for me the militia law of the st[ate] of New York now in force.

I conceive it may be useful[l] to our country in the present moment & wish to obtain it without loss of time.

No official account is as yet received of the gentlemen appointed electors but from what we do know it is certain that ver[y] few will be found among [letter damaged] in favor of Mr. Adams, from [three to] five I presume will be as many he will obtain.

The prejudice against him in general and the most popular characters would fail in their ele[ction] were they known to be friendly to his re-election.

Mr. Clinton[2] will be supported by this state tho from what I have heard he will owe the testimonial of respect more to the general wish of supplanting Mr. Adams than to a regard to his own political merit.

                Mr. J. Marshall was considered friendly to Mr. Adams & lost his election.

                I have not heard from you and consequently remain ignorant of what most concerns me, the welfare of our invaluable fair one.

                              Adieu my friend

                              Henry Lee



Richmond Nov. 11th 92






Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.082, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 6


[1] Letter is burned on the edge.

[2] George Clinton (1739-1812), who became vice president under Thomas Jefferson.

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