<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


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.”