Dr. Sir,

The friends of virtuous liberty in New York have certainly effected a most important change in the political system of that flourishing City. I congratulate you Sir and your worthy Associates in this happy revolution. It is most certain that a profligate Ministry have greatly relied on the assistance of your fine fertile province for carrying into execution their cruel System. A System by which existing millions, and Millions yet unborn are to be plunged into the abyss of slavery, and1 of consequence deprived of every2 glorious distinction that marks the Man from the Brute. But happily for the cause of humanity, the Colonies are now united, and may bid defiance to tyranny and its infamous Abettors. You will see that Mr. Rivingtons case is involved in all of a similar motive, which are to be determined on by the Colony Conventions where the offence is committed. I am sorry, for the honor of human Nature, that this Man should have so prostituted himself, in support of a cause the most detestable that ever disgraced Mankind. But he repents and should be forgiven. It is not yet too late to exert his powers in defense of the liberty and just rights of a much injured Country. I wish you happy Sir and assure You that I am, with singular esteem,

your friend and Countryman.

R. H. Lee

Lee Papers, American Philosophical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 140 – 41. Also printed in R. H. Lee, Memoir of the Life of Richard Henry Lee and his Correspondence, 2:155. Endorsed “to be copied by M Hamilton.”

1 Following this word in the manuscript Lee wrote and struck out the phrase “for ever deprived of from <illegible> which no day of.”

2 Following this word in the manuscript Lee wrote and struck out the phrase “light, would pierce to.”