<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0301

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Commissioners at Paris

Honorable Gentlemen,

You will receive herewith a Copy of our Letter of Yesterday by the
Lexington with its enclosures. This goes to Boston for a Passage from
thence. An armed Vessel belonging to that State will carry the
dispatches & will be governed by your directions respecting her
Load back, & the Time of her return. Should you have failed in
obtaining the Loan, or of getting the Cloth, Cloaths, &c mentioned
in the Resolve of Congress, you will please turn the Vessel over to
Messrs. Thomas Morris & William Lee, or either of them to receive
such Continental Cargo as they may be enabled to send in her. Unless
you should be of Opinion that the public Service requires that she
should return & immediately to North America with your dispatches,
in which case you will do what you judge best for the public good.

We are with perfect esteem, honorable Gentlemen, your most obedient and
humble Servants,

Richard Henry Lee
Frans. Lewis
Wm Whipple


Receiver’s copy, University of Virginia Library. Drafted by Lee. Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, p. 259.