<br /> Lee Letter: b034

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

Dear Sir,

I have met with the same difficulty in my attempts for the Patriotic store that you mention. All approve, but none have the money. For as yet, I have met with no one person hardy enough to condemn, occasioned I suppose, by my having never conversed with a B – d on the subject.

He is one of those who are born “to make absurdity fashionable.” But let us go on my friend, and by persevering in a good cause, deserve that success which we may fail to meet with. If the people will submit to abuse, let them do it with their eyes open; if they will pursue the wrong, after having been shown the right way, they will then have themselves only to blame With respect to the other subject of your letter, I agree entirely. I thought so from the beginning, nor did the application to me a whit alter the plan I have now pursued for more than six years. If I mistake not, the patriot Romans thought that every good Citizen should serve his Country seven years – I have done so twelve. And if in that time I have found it an hard service,1 why should I press for it with an earnest solicitude. I am with much regard, dear Sir,

your affectionate and obedient Servant.

R. H. Lee


Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, p. 56. A copy of this letter is in the copies of letters to Landon Carter in the Virginia Historical Society.

1 Lee wrote and struck out the word “oppressive” before inserting the word “hard.”