<br /> Lee Letter: n298

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Thomas Jefferson
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dr Sir

For news I refer you to your brother who writes on that head. I enclose you
a copy of the declaration of independence as agreed to by the House,
and also, as originally framed. You will judge whether it is the better
or worse for the Critics. I shall return to Virginia after the 11th of
August.1 I wish my successor may be certain
to Come before that time, in that case, I shall hope to see you and Mr.
Wythe in Convention, that the business of Government, which is of
everlasting Concern, may receive your aid.2

Adieu, and beleive me to be Your friend & Servant,
Thomas Jefferson

Notes:

Transcription, Virginia Historical Society. Jefferson, Papers (Boyd),
1:455 – 56.

1 See Jefferson to the President of the Virginia Convention, June 30, 1776,
note 3.

2 In his response of July 21 Lee informed Jefferson that he planned to meet
Gorge Wythe “at Hooes ferry the 3d of September … unless some
pressing call takes me to Congress sooner.” Jefferson, Papers (Boyd),
1:471.