<br /> Lee Letter: n53

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

By your favor of yesterday I am made acquainted with the feelings
of your mind on the subject of my proposal communicated to you by Colo.
Hamilton, the undisguised manner in which you express yourself cannot
but strengthen my good opinion of you. As the offer on my part was
purely the result of a high sense of your merit, and as I would by no
means divert you from a Career in which you promised yourself greater
happiness, from its affording more frequent opportunities of acquiring
Military fame, I entreat you to pursue your own inclinations, as if
nothing had passed on this Subject,

and to be assured of the good
wishes of, Dear Sir Yours &ca.1


1 The draft is in the writing of John Laurens.