<br /> Lee Letter: b421

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Sender: James Monroe
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir,

We were duly honored, two days ago, with your Excellency’s letter of the 9th instant, and its enclosures.

That the extra pay, which you have so properly contended for, ought to be reembursed, seems perfectly just; and we shall accordingly urge it to the proper power.

As yet, a Militia bill has not been introduced to either house. When such a bill shall appear, we will exert ourselves to get a clause inserted that may prevent similar discussions in future. Your Excellency shall be informed how we succeed in both these objects.

Much time has been employed upon the Representative bill, which has finally been lost, by its being insisted that the Ratio should be 33,000, instead of 30,000. A second bill is now pending in the House of Representatives, which we hope will terminate, we might say, more Constitutionally than was before insisted on. The evident effect of which, would have been to abridge the representation of the South, and add to that of the north.

We thank you Sir for the good opinion that you are pleased to entertain of our attachment to the interest of our Country, and we hope to confirm you therein, by our attention to whatever business you shall think proper to commit to our care. We have the honor to be, with the most respectful consideration, Sir

Your Excellencies most obedient & very hble Servants.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Dreer CollectionHistorical Society of Pennsylvania

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 545 – 46.