My Dear Friend –

I am infinitely obliged to Colonel Carter for the kind concern he is pleased to express for my unhappy situation, and I very well know that his goodness will excuse my attendance at Sabine Hall on this occasion. It is true indeed, that the company of a few sensible friends is very agreeable to me ; but I should now be highly distressed in a crowd, especially in a gay Crowd.

I shall hope to see you at the time you mention, but in the mean while take this short account from Dr. Lee – “In American affairs Ld. Hillsborough is the absolute and responsible Minister, nor is any change expected – The sense of the people here seems to have changed in favor of America partly thro’ conviction, but more thro’ fear of the dangerous consequences which they apprehend will follow from an attempt to fix the yoke with which they wish to oppress America. Hudibrass (continues the Doctor) is of opinion, ‘He that’s convinced against his will, Is of the same opinion still’

“This is truly the state of people here respecting the Colonies, and this should suggest the policy to us of watching over them, least they should accomplish that by guile, which they despair of enforcing – The Lords Chatham & Shelburne have resigned. Ld. Rochfort has succeeded the latter, no one the former; but it is thought the Bedford Party will take the lead &c.”

The rest of the Doctors letter (which is too long to transcribe) you shall see when I have I have the pleasure of your company here – I am sorry for my good old friend Mr. Beales indisposition – He knows that patience and exercise are the best remedies for his complaint – I am with unfeigned regard dear Sir

your affectionate friend.

R. H. Lee

P.S. The Doctor desires his particular compliments to you.


Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 33 – 34. The letter is addressed “To Mr Parker” and endorsed “Jany 1769.”