<br /> Lee Letter: n493

Washington and Lee University


That the Honorable Ralph Izard Esquire be informed, that as the Court of
Tuscany hath declined receiving a Minister from the United States of
America, and not discerning any probability that such Minister will
shortly be received, Congress have thought proper to discontinue the
appointment of a Commissioner for the said Court. That Congress
entertain a proper sense of Mr. Izards’ zeal in the service of his
Country, and return him thanks for his attention to the Public affairs,
and willingness to promote the Public good.


Manuscript, Henry Laurens Papers, South Carolina Historical Society, no.
31. In the hand of Moses Young and endorsed by Henry Laurens: “Motion
by R Lee Esquire, seconded by Mr. Laurens, May 1779, for thanking
& dismissing Commissioner Izard.”

1 Debate on the conduct of the American commissioners in Europe, which was
continued intermittently for nearly seven weeks after the subject was
opened on 15 April, turned on 20 May to the case of Ralph Izard,
“commissioner for the court of Tuscany.” This motion concerning
Izard’s recall was doubtless offered during debate on the subject
this day. See JCC, 13:455 – 57, 479 – 87, 489 – 90, 499 – 500, 14:512,
533 – 37, 539, 542 – 43, 619. For the resolutions concerning Izard’s
recall that were finally adopted on 8 June 1779, see JCC 14:700 – 704.