<br /> Lee Letter: n304

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Thomas Jefferson
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Sir

I inclose you Dr. Price’s pamphlet.1 I should
have done so sooner but understood your brother was sending many to
Virginia and not doubting one would be to you, I laid by the one I had
purchased for that purpose. Little new here. Our camps recruit slowly,
amazing slowly. God knows in what it will end. The finger of providence
has as yet saved us by retarding the arrival of Ld. Howe’s recruits.
Our army from Canada is now at Tyonderoga, but in a shattered
condition. General Sullivan left it and came here to resign on Gates’s
appointment. His letter of resignation was put in on Friday. It was
referred to this morning that a proper rap of the knuckles might be
prepared, but on the advice of his friends he asked leave to withdraw
it and repair to his duty.2 The minutiae of
the Confederation have hitherto engaged us; the great points of
representation, boundaries, taxation &c. being left open. For god’s
sake, for your country’s sake, and for my sake, come. I receive by
every post such accounts of the state of Mrs. Jefferson’s health, that
it will be impossible for me to disappoint her expectation of seeing me
at the time I have promised, which supposed my leaving this place on
the 11th of next month. The plan of is yet untouched. After being read
it was privately printed for the consideration of the members and will
come on when we shall have got through the
Confederation.3

I am Dr. Sir,

[P.S.] I pray you to come. I am under a sacred obligation to go home.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Virginia Historical Society. Jefferson, Papers (Boyd),
1:477 – 78.

1 For Richard Henry Lee’s letter of July 21, in which he requested a copy of
Richard Price’s Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, see
Jefferson, Papers (Boyd), 1:471.

2 For a resolution on the Sullivan case, which Jefferson drafted but never
presented to Congress, see ibid., 1:478 – 79. See also John Hancock’s
letters to George Washington of July 26 and 31, 1776.

3 A plan of foreign treaties, which had been reported on July 18, was not
taken up in Congress until August 22. See JCC, 5:575 – 89, 696, 709 – 10,
718.