<br /> Lee Letter: b166

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Adams

My dear Friend,

I well know that your engagement with the pub. business will not permit you to write to me so frequently as I wish to hear from you, or as my leisure permits me to write to you. This will be the third letter from me to you by this post, and this is intended chiefly to cover the copy of a letter received yesterday from my bror. Wm. Lee – Tho it is of an old date, it contains many things worthy of observation – and you will make such use of it as your wisdom may suggest for the public good. I do not think the writer would have been so incredulous if he had been in C – ss eight or ten months last past – Why has every art been used to delay the most essential of our foreign & domestic business – Why such strong efforts to embroil us with the State of Pennsylvania – Why has no answer been sent to the long since propounded question concerning Spain which Dr. Lee sent in August 78 and which Congress has been in possession of more than 6 months – Why has not the proposed Treaty with Holland, a copy of which has been so long sent & on the files of Congress been considered and determined on – Why such industry used to render odious, and drive from the pub. Councils the original, uniform, and firm Whiggs and friends to the interest and independence of America – These things have made up my judgment for some time – Yet I hope the virtuous cause of America will prevail against the Devil & all his works. By the Manner in which Dean appears by this letter to have written so long since as to have reached Europe before the 20th. of december last, we may conclude how long ago it was that the Party had formed that plan which with so much intrigue, assiduity, and wickedness, they have ever since prosecuted – The inclosed scrap of an English November last Newspaper shews the great importance of the American fishery and may afford a clue for explaining the manœuvres used to exclude America therefrom – Strange that we cannot see the wisdom of taking care in the first place of our own most essential rights! – I am much concerned to hear there are such minatory complaints from the Com. General’s & Board of War departments – cannot some of G. Morris’s undirected purchase he applied to the former, as a plentiful new harvest is coming in – And the latter I suppose must be remedied with expedients until the lately offered aid in this way can be obtained – But then no time should be lost in transmitting an invoice of our wants –

Farewell my dear friend, and may heaven crown your efforts for the secure independence of America with success – Affectionately yours.

Richard Henry Lee

Gutridges Gang are again burning houses and plundering at the mouth of Rappahanock river.

Notes:

Samuel Adams PapersLenox Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 76 – 77. Addressed “Honorable Samuel Adams esquire Member of Congress at Philadelphia.”