<br /> Lee Letter: b156

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee, Memorandum Respecting Arthur Lee
Recipient:

At the time that Mr. Adams and R. H. Lee waited on Monsr. Gerard the Minister plenipotentiary of France to the United States in order to notify him of the time and place of his audience of Congress after the immediate business of the Committee was over and other conversation being taken up, Mr. Adams observed that he was concerned to find it had been reported that Dr. Arthur Lee wag Antigallican – Since he was known here to have been among the earliest and firmest opposers of G. Brittain. On which the Minister replied to this effect. I assure you gentlemen it is not the opinion of the Court of France – that Mr. Lee is Antigallican. There have been some idle people who have talked in this manner, and the reason was supposed to be, because Dr. Lee was intimate with Count Languois with whom he came frequently to Court – That the Count was a Man of fortune and very talkative, that he was frequently speaking on American subjects, and the proceedings of the Court relative thereto – But as Men of information discovered that in all the Counts conversations he never hit upon the true designs of the Court, so they were satisfied that what he said was, merely the conjectures of his own mind and could not come from Dr. Lee, who being well informed, if he had made communications to the Count, hit frequent conversation must sometimes have discovered the truth –

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Samuel Adams PapersLenox Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 43.