<br /> Lee Letter: n163

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Arthur Lee

Dear Sir:

I have been honoured with your favor of the 13th. and thank you
for the information; your Corrispondent at Paris had good ground for
his opinion, and we have abundant reason to be pleased at the event,
which he predicted the near approach of. I heartily congratulate you on
the conclusion of the War, and hope the Wisdom of the States will point
to that line of policy which will make them a great, a happy People; to
accomplish this, local politics, and unreasonable jealousies should
yield to such a constitution as will embrace the whole and make our
Union respectable, lasting, without it, I think we have spent our time,
spilt our blood, and wasted our treasure to very little purpose.

The Picaroons1 in Chesapeake and the Waters of
it, have now met their quietus; but previously to the News of Peace, a
representation of their conduct had gone into New York, and orders, I
believe, were sent for the recall of them.

Mrs. Washington unites with me in Complimts. to you and I have the honor
etc.

Notes:

1 Lee calls thorn “Refugees” in his letter of March 13, which is in the
Washington Papers.