<br /> Lee Letter: b281

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Circular to the Governors of the States


I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency an ordinance of Congress passed yesterday for fixing the permanent and temporary residence of that body. With Sentiments of great regard and esteem I have the honor to be Sir

your Excellencys Most obedient Servant.

Richard Henry Lee P[resident].



Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 316 – 17. Ballagh based his transcription on a copy addressed to Virginia Governor Patrick Henry, made by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Another transcription is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, Library of Congress, and printed in Ballagh, 2:316. The copy addressed to the governors of Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Georgia contain the additional sentence: “I am desired by Congress to request that you will be pleased to urge the Delegates from your State to repair to Congress as speedily as possible, to the end that the very important business now under consideration may receive the fullest, earliest and most mature deliberation.”