Dr. Sir,

The friends of virtuous liberty in New York have certainly effected a most important change in the political system of that flourishing City. I congratulate you Sir and your worthy Associates in this happy revolution. It is most certain that a profligate Ministry have greatly relied on the assistance of your fine fertile province for carrying into execution their cruel System. A System by which existing millions, and Millions yet unborn are to be plunged into the abyss of Slavery, and of consequence deprived of every glorious distinction that marks the Man from the Brute. But happily for the cause of humanity, the Colonies are now united, and may bid defiance to Tyranny and its infamous Abettors. You will see that Mr. Rivingtons case is involved in all of a similar <nature> which are to be determined on by the Colony Conventions where the offence is committed.1

I am sorry, for the honor of human Nature, that this Man should have so prostituted himself, in support of a cause the most detestable that ever disgraced Mankind. But he repents and should be forgiven. It is not yet too late to exert his powers in defence of the liberty and just rights of a much injured Country. I wish you happy Sir

and assure You
that I am, with singular esteem, Sir your friend and Countryman
Richd Hen Lee
NOTES:

File copy, American Philosophical Society.

1 The New York City Committee of Observation had requested that Congress consider the case against James Rivington for publication of divisive statements in his newspaper, and Morris had urged Lee to support a favorable ruling for Rivington. However, as Lee implies, Congress had already decided that all cases involving violations of the
association should be determined by the appropriate provincial conventions. See the resolve of May 27, 1775, JCC, 2:67. Documents concerning Rivington’s case are printed in Am. Archives, 4th ser. 2:726, 836 37, 899 – 900.