<br /> Lee Letter: n664

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Committee for Foreign Affairs
Recipient: William Lee


The decission of Congress respecting your Letter of April 12 which came to
hand on the 4th of this month is herewith transmitted. The period of
payment will perhaps be more distant than you wish; but I am at Liberty
to assure you from the Superintendant of our Finances that it is his
intention to take the earliest possible opportunity to close this

With much regard I am &c,

Signed James Lovell


File copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 79, U.S. National Archives
and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 Upon the recommendation of the committee to which Lee’s letter had been
referred, Congress on September 12 ordered the payment of the balance
of Lee’s account for his expenses as a commissioner to Austria and
Prussia – “forty-two thousand, one hundred and eighty-nine livres
tournois … with interest at the rate of six percent per annum,
from this day,” which superintendent Robert Morris subsequently
instructed Benjamin Franklin in France to pay. See JCC, 21:931, 955;
PCC, item 105, fols. 318 – 19; Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence,
4:361 – 63; and Morris, Papers (Ferguson), 3:280.