<br /> Lee Letter: n528

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Committee for Foreign Affairs
Recipient: Arthur Lee

Sir

This is officially to convey to you the Knowledge of the Appointment of a
Minister plenipotentiary in lieu of a Commissioner at the Court of
Spain; and also a Resolve of Congress of this
Day1 upon the Reading of your Letter of the
31st of May. 2 Mr. Jay will probably be in a
short Time in Europe to execute his Commission.

I am, Sir, your most humble Servant,

James Lovell, for the Comtee. of forgn. Affairs

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Lee Family Papers, University of Virginia Archives. Written
and signed by Lovell.

1 Congress had resolved “that Mr. A. Lee be informed of Mr. Jay’s
appointment, and that, agreeably to his request, he is at liberty to
return to America.” JCC, 15:1165 – 66. Lovell had made this motion
because he feared that Lee would be embarrassed by being informed of
his replacement through the newspapers, which had printed extracts of
Congress’ resolves appointing John Jay a minister to Spain. See
Lovell to John Adams, October 5, note 1, and to William Whipple,
October 5, 1779, note 1.

2 Lee’s May 31, 1779, letter offering to resign his commission is in PCC,
item 83, 2:268 – 71; and Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, 3:196. See
also James Lovell to Richard Henry Lee, this date, note 2.