<br /> Lee Letter: b289

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Patrick Henry

Sir,

I have the Honor to enclose to your Excellency some late communications from the ministers plenipotentiary of these United States at Paris, together with an act of Congress on that subject. Much inconvenience to the American Ministers abroad being apprehended from improper publications of their letters, hath induced Congress to desire that these informations may be kept from the public eye. The precarious State of our public credit abroad is so powerfully expressed in these letters as to render a comment unnecessary.

They prove incontestably the necessity of immediate, vigorous measures for supplying the treasury of the United States, that justice may be punctually done to those excellent friends who assisted us in the day of our distress. Your enlightened legislature, sir, will see the close connection that subsists between national safety and national faith, that the loss of the latter will ever have the most malignant effects upon the former. The Congress request that your Excellency will lay these communications before the general assembly of your state with the act of Congress respecting them. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the truest esteem and regard Sir,

Your Excellency’s most obedient and very humble servant.

Richard Henry Lee

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Printed in William Wirt Henry, Patrick Henry, 3:271. Printed also in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 325 – 26.