<br /> Lee Letter: n416

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Arthur Lee

My dear Brother,

Having written you fully and very lately it is not necessary, nor have I
time now to be long. All your letters covering missives, certificates
&c have safely arrived, and will be maturely attended to. I hope
the safe arrival of Mr. Adams and the recall of Deane will benefit
extremely the public business. The latter is in every respect the
reverse of Mr. Adams, and so you may form your judgment of the former.
I have found ample cause to love and esteem Mr. Adams in our joint
labors for the public good. My eyes are so extremely injured by their
constant application, that without the aid and support of Spectacles I
fear I shall soon loose the use of them. I pray you then to procure me
a pair of the best Temple Spectacles that can be had. In fitting these
perhaps it may be proper to remember that my age is 46, that my eyes
are light colored and have been quick & strong but now weakned by
constant use – My head thin between the Temples.

The British Army yet remains at Philadelphia and ours at Valley Forge about
18 miles from the City. The latter growing daily stronger in numbers
& discipline; the former lessening in numbers by various
casualties, but chiefly by desertion. We have the best authority for
believing they are about embarking soon from Philadelphia, so that my
next letter may be from that City.

If the Spectacles are sent to my Son at Nantes he can contrive them to
your ever affectionate brother and faithful friend,

Richard Henry Lee


Receiver’s copy, John F. Reed Collection, Valley Forge National Historical
Park. Another copy is in the Lee Papers, Virginia Historical Society. Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 410 – 11.