<br /> Lee Letter: b425

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates


It is not in my power to convey to you an adequate idea of the regret I feel at being compelled by the feeble state of my health to retire from the service of my Country. The strong sense that I entertain of public duty, joined to a deep feeling of gratitude for the reiterated goodness of the General Assembly to me, would render the toils of public business a pleasure, altho I am grown gray in the service of my Country; were I not prevented by infirmities that can only be relieved by a quiet retirement. Thus urged Sir, I entreat you to lay me, with all possible duty and thankfulness before the Representatives of my Country, and present them this my resignation of my Senators place in the Senate of the United States, which I beg their favorable acceptance of. That the unqualified liberty of our Country may be perpetual, and its prosperity great as its freedom, will be the Constant prayer of Sir

Your most obedient and most humble Servant.

Richard Henry Lee


Ford CollectionNew York Public Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 550 – 51. Addressed to the speaker “at Richmond.”