<br /> Lee Letter: n147

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Arthur Lee


I am much obliged to you for the suggestion which you do me the favour
to make in your Letter of the 11th, as I shall at all times be for any
others which may occur to you advancive of the public service.

I am so entirely convinced of the absolute necessity of a large and
immediate foreign aid of money, to the continuance of the war, that I
should be happy to do any thing I could with propriety to promote it. I
impart to you in confidence, that I have in the most explicit manner
given my sentiments on this head to the Minister of France here; and if
my Opinion can have any influence with the Court of Versailles, I
imagine it will be known through this channel. A more direct
communication might appear an intrusion and an interference in matters
out of my province. I am happy to hear Congress have this important
object under consideration.

I persuade myself they will urge it with all the emphasis in their power
and in the form most likely to succeed. If there should be any thing by
which I could contribute to the success of the application, I should
certainly think it my duty to give all the aid in my power.

I have the honor to be etc.1


1 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton, The date line is in the
writing of Washington.