<br /> Lee Letter: b292

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Benjamin Rush

Sir,

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

Notes:

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.”