<br /> Lee Letter: b292

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Benjamin Rush


I have received the letter that you did me the honor to write to me on the 16th. of last month, and I lost no time in presenting to Congress the petition of the Trustees of Dickinson College – The petition was referred to the consideration of a Committee, but as yet no report has been made upon it.

Informing the minds of youth, is an object of such essential consequence to the well being of society, that I hope this proposition will meet with no difficulty; and it is a purpose so benevolent as well to deserve your fostering care and attention – I am particularly obliged to you Sir for your polite and friendly congratulation
on my appointment to the Chair of Congress. I have the honor to be Sir

Your most obedient and very humble Servant.

Richard Henry Lee


Rush CorrespondenceRidgway Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 328. Addressed to Rush “in Philadelphia,” and endorsed “Richd H Lee – President of Congress, letter on the Subject of the public buildings for the College.”