<br /> Lee Letter: n224

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Dickinson

Sir,

Various unexpected prorogations of our Assembly having prevented this
Colony from taking up the consideration of the proceedings of the
Continental Congress until the 20th of last month, I have now the
pleasure of inclosing you the proceedings of our Convention on that and
other subjects relative to our unhappy dispute with the British
Ministry.1

You may gather from hence Sir, how determined a spirit prevails here, to
resist the unjust aggression offered us. For my own part, I could not
approve of thanking the Governor for conducting war against an unhappy
people, forced into hostilities, as I verily believe, by our own
people. I was not in convention when this was agreed to. The inclosed
printed tickets shew what use is made of the name of Majesty in these
days!2 On the 10th of March we are told that
Lord Dartmouth has informed the Agents of his Majesties gracious
reception of the Congress petition, and on the 30th of the same month,
that the meeting of this very Congress is “highly displeasing to his
Majesty.”

Must the Publick credit Lord Dartmouth, or Lord Dunmore, for it

would seem that both cannot be right? I hope to have the pleasure of
seeing you in Philadelphia soon, in the mean time, I beg leave to assure you that

I am with great respect and esteem Sir Your most obedient
and very humble servant.
Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Although unidentified,
the recipient has been conjectured from the fact that Lee’s letter is
among Dickinson’s papers in the R. R. Logan Collection.

1 The proceedings of this Virginia convention are printed in Am. Archives,
4th ser. 2:165 – 72.

2 Not found.