<br /> Lee Letter: n480

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Adams

My dear Sir,

Give me leave to introduce to your friendly attention the Bearer George
Mason esquire the son of a Gentleman in Virginia whom I esteem among
the number of my most valuable friends.1This
gentleman goes in search of health to some southern part of Europe, and
being a stranger in France, I shall be in a particular manner obliged
to you for every mark of friendship that you shew him.

To Mr. Mason I refer you for our news, which indeed is not much. This
opportunity coming suddenly on me I have not time to answer your favor
lately received so particularly as I wish, therefore I shall defer it
until one of our Continental Vessels sails for France which I expect
will be in a short time.

I am now in great haste, but with perfect esteem, dear Sir your most
sincerely affectionate friend,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Adams PapersMassachusetts Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 41.

1 According to George Mason of Gunston Hall, his son George (1753 – 96) was
about to embark on a trip to southern Europe for an “obstinate
rheumatic Complaint.” For the elder Mason’s efforts to obtain letters
of introduction for his son, as well as a letter to Richard Henry
thanking him for writing on his son’s behalf, see Rutland, Papers of George Mason, 2:488 – 91, 497.