<br /> Lee Letter: b131

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Page

Dear Sir,

I have written very largely to the Governor on several subjects that appear to me of the greatest consequence to our success, if the Governor is not in Town, the letters are directed to you РI earnestly pray your attention to these subjects РIt was with much regret that I had not an oportunity of passing some time with you when I was last in Williamsburg РI wished extremely to have bespoke your patronage of Monsr. Loyeaute. As well because I am convinced this Gentlemans abilities are great in the way he has engaged to serve this country, as because his zeal in our cause is fully equal to his abilities; and the Commonwealth will be benefitted in proportion to the support and the countenance he shall receive from the Government in all his Operations. Satisfied of this, I am very sure you will aid to the utmost of your power this Gentleman in his plans for the strength and security of our Country. Monsr. Loyeaut̩ has sense, industry, and great temperance in every thing РI am sure he will truly exert his abilities for our benefit. How infamously do our enemies conduct their opposition? РAssassinations, corruption, robbery, and every vileness is their practice РIf the cause of virtue be the care of Heaven, and vice its detestation, these people can never succeed РFarewell dear Sir

affectionately yours.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Mansuscripts CollecionsJohn Carter Brown Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, p. 387. Addressed to Page at Williamsburg.