<br /> Lee Letter: b301

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Adams

My much valued friends letter of March the 24th. was this day delivered to me, but not by Mr. Kirkland or Colo. Allan, it came from our Door-keeper who told me that it had been pickt up on Long Island. I received it however, with that true content that your letters always bring with them – You have certainly done me justice when you have taken me for an Unchanging Friend. I endeavored not to take up friendships lightly, and therefore I am not capable of lightly laying them down – But in this case, I am much too sensible of the honor done me by your friendship not to wish most sincerely for its continuance. And the true reason for want of punctuality in writing, I assigned to you in my letter of March 14th. last. The reasons there assigned will, I hope, secure for me your pardon for having employed an Amanuensis (my Nephew Shippen) upon that letter.

Your recommendation of Messrs. Kirkland & Allen are very sufficient to procure for them my utmost favor – Have you observe[d] that I have personal knowledge of the deserts recommended – I have, but it was not necessary when I reflected who it was that recommended –

I hope that we have gained your approbation by sending our Patriot friend Mr. J. Adams Minister to London. I hope also for good things from that Mission. Spain seems mal-affected to us, but as she has a commencing dispute with Great Britain about the Musquetto Shore, perhaps we may find in her Minister, expected here this month, a more accommodating Spirit concerning the Mississippi than has yet apeared. I am, with sincerest sentiments of esteem, My dear Sir your affectionate friend. My best wishes attend Mrs. Adams.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Samuel Adams PapersNew York Public Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 346 – 47. Endorsed “Letter form R. H. Lee Es – April 1785.”