<br /> Lee Letter: n498

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Adams
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

My dear Sir

I send you the inclosd Extracts from our Friends Letter according to your
Request. No Pains are spared to effect the Recall of Mr Arthur
Lee.1 If any are in hopes by this to put an
End to the Usefulness of an able, faithful and indefatigably
industrious Friend to our Country, I beleive they will be disappointed.
I still flatter myself they will never obtain a Majority; but should
they succeed thus far, it is my opinion that no Man in America would
afford greater Aid in the publick Councils than he. The Day before
yesterday another Attempt was made. The Motion which was offerd by Mr
B2 before you left us, was brot on, that Mr
Dean be directed not to depart from these States till further order,
and that Mr A Lee repair to America to make good his Charge against
him. The Question was divided, and failing by an equal Division of the
States in the first part, the other was downd by a very great Majority
of Voices on a previous Question. When some one of the States may be
better represented*,3 it may be brot on
again and again. Mr Lovel will write to you more largely.

Being in great Haste preparing to set off on my Journey to Boston this
day,4I can only add that I am very
affectionately, Your Friend,



Lee Family PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

1 For additional information on the most recent efforts in Congress to recall
Arthur Lee as commissioner, see Henry Laurens’ Notes of Proceedings,
10 and 11 June 1779.

2 That is, Thomas Burke. See JCC, 14:711 – 15.

3 Adams added the notation “Ch. Just. D” to explain this asterisk, meaning
William Henry Drayton, chief justice of South Carolina, a well-known
supporter of Silas Deane and opponent of Arthur Lee.

4 Adams did not leave until 15 June. His account of expenses incurred during
his attendance at Congress contains the notation “My Service from Apr
28, 1778 to July 1, 1779, 428 days [which would include travel
time].” Adams Papers, NN.