<br /> Lee Letter: b039

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

Dear Sir,

I am your debtor for two very obliging letters which I should have answered sooner if an oportunity had presented. I admit your criticism on the expression we convened about, and then objected to a seeming contrariety in the words themselves. I regret your losses much, and sincerely wish that fitter laws were provided to remedy the evil you very justly complain of. But on this subject, the old sentiments prevail, and no alteration would be admitted. I will not trouble you with the variety of unditermined business that is now before the house, because, the greater part will never go thro the Legislature. Again the Agency bill has been warmly contended for, and rejected nevertheless. The lower house has passed a bill to repeal that part of our law which forbids fine and recovery in this Colony, and they will pass an Act for rendering the choice of Vessels septennial.

When we shall get up Heaven knows, little being get done. I am dear Sir Your affectionate and obliged friend.

R. H. Lee


Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, p. 62. Addressed “To Landon Carter Esqr. of Sabine Hall.” Endorsed “Col. Lee’s Sam is to be at Mount Airy on Friday on his way to Williamsburgh; 50 bushels.”