<br /> Lee Letter: b078

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Washington

With most cordial warmth we recommend our Countryman Mr. Edmund Randolph to your patronage and favor.

This young Gentlemans abilities, natural and acquired, his extensive connections, and above all, his desire to serve his Country in this arduous struggle, are circumstances that cannot fail to gain him your countenance and protection.

You will readily discern Sir, how important a consideration it is, that our Country should be furnished with the security and strength derived from our young Gentry being possessed of military knowledge, so necessary in these times of turbulence and danger.

Encouraged by your friendship, and instructed by your example, we hope Mr. Randolph will become useful to his Country and profitable to himself.

We most heartily wish you health and success, with a happy return to your family and Country, being with great sincerity dear Sir

Your affectionate friends and obedient Servants.

R. H. Lee

Notes:

George Washington PapersLibrary of Congress

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 144 – 45. Printed also in Sparks, Correspondence of the Revolution, 1:24.