<br /> Lee Letter: n8

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

As you will be fully informed of every matter and thing relative
to the army, by your own committee, I should not have given you the
trouble of a letter at this time, were it not on Colonel
Reed’s1 account. He is, as I presume you may
have heard, concerned in many of the principal causes now depending in
the courts of Pennsylvania; and should those causes be pressed for
trial by his brethren of the profession, it will not only do him a
manifest injury in his practice and future prospects, but afford room
for complaint of his having neglected his business as a lawyer. This he
thinks may be avoided, if some of you gentlemen of the Congress, in the
course of conversation with the chief-justice and others, would
represent the disadvantages, which must result to him, in case his
causes should be hurried to trial.

That Colonel Reed is clever in his business and useful to me, is too
apparent to mention. I should do equal injustice, therefore, to his
abilities and merit, were I not to add, that his services here are too
important to be lost, and that I could wish him considered in this
point of view by your honorable body, when occasion shall favor.

I shall take it kind of you to give me, from time to time, such authentic
intelligence of the manœeuvres of the ministry, as you think may be
relied on. We get none but newspaper accounts here, and these very

I am, with sincere esteem and regard, dear Sir, your affectionate
friend and countryman.2


1 Lieut. Col. Joseph Reed. Later he was colonel of the Thirteenth Continental

2 The text is from Sparks, but no copy of this letter is found in the
Washington Papers.