<br /> Lee Letter: n378

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Adams
Recipient: Arthur Lee

My Dear Sir

Your several letters, with their enclosures, came to my hand. And although
I have not hitherto acknowledged to you the receipt of them, I assure
you I have been and am still improving the intelligence you have given
me to the best of my powers, for the advantage of this
country.1 From our former correspondence you
have known my sentiments. I have not altered them in a single point,
either with regard to the great cause we are engaged in, or to you, who
have been an early, vigilant, and active supporter of it. While you
honour me with your confidential letters, I feel and will freely
express to you my obligation. To have answered them severally, would
have led me to subjects of great delicacy; and the miscarriage of my
letters might have proved detrimental to our important affairs. It was
needless for me to run the risk for the sake of writing; for I presume
you have been made fully acquainted with the state of our public
affairs by the committee. And as I have constantly communicated to your
brother R.H. the contents of your letters to me, it was sufficient on
that score for him only to write, for he thinks as I do.

The Marquis de la Fayette, who does me the honour to take this letter, is
this moment going; which leaves me time only to add, that I am and will
be your friend, because I know you love our country and mankind.

I beg you to write to me by every opportunity.

Adieu, my dear sir,


MS not found; reprinted from Adams, Writings (Cushing), 3:412 – 13.

1 Adams’s most recent extant letter to Arthur Lee was dated July 4, 1777.