<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


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.