<br /> Lee Letter: b409

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew,

I promised my friend Mr. Stark, who by the time this reaches you will be in Phila., to inform him thro you how the Bill went in the Senate respecting the future Seats of the general government – I have now the pleasure to inform both you and him that the bill for adjourning Congress to Philadelphia after this Session, there to remain for ten years, and then to go to the Potomac; was this day passed in Senate by a majority of two votes – Tis well known that one Gentleman in the minority would have voted with the majority had it been necessary – but there being enough & he the last Voter, jokingly he voted in the negative –

It rests now with the H of Representatives, where we are assured by many Members, that a Majority will pass it into a Law – Thus, well has ended this very troublesome business – Truth is great & will prevail – For surely it is true that the convenience of a real majority of this Union is consulted by being in your <ci>ty rather than in this – farewell.

Richard Henry Lee

Let me know if you get this letter & when.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 531.