<br /> Lee Letter: b381

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Washington

Dear Sir,

On the Sunday sennight after leaving Mt. Vernon I arrived here, where to my surprize I found that a quorum of the Senate was not assembled, and but a small majority of Representatives.

On this day we went to business & to my great satisfaction I heard a unanimous vote of the electing states in favor of calling you to the honorable office of Prest. of the U.S. Before this period I judged it might not be acceptable to speak my sentiments to you on this subject; but now I hope I may be permitted to express my ardent hope that your inclinations may correspond with the United wish of America, that you should preside over those councils which you have so greatly contributed to render independent. Indeed I am sure that the public happiness which I know you have so much at heart will be very insecure without your acceptance.

The two houses feel the necessity of proceeding to the reparation of some important business, that it may be in all possible forwardness against your arrival. That of securing the Impost on the spring arrival seems to be the most pressing.

An Express goes also to Mr. Adams immediately to inform him of his election to the office of Vice President. I pray to be remembered affecly to your lady & the family at Mt. Vernon. With every sentiment of regard, I am Dr Sir,

Yr most obdt.

Richard Henry Lee


George Washington PapersLibrary of Congress

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 482 – 83.