<br /> Lee Letter: n731

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: James Warren

Dear Sir,

Since I wrote to request you to send me a Certifyd Copy of the Resolve of
the Assembly for granting me 6000 Acres of
Land;1 Mr. Gorham tells me that it has
expird, & he believes was renewd. Whether It has or not, I still
beg that I may have a Copy of the first resolution for it is that I
want. If however it shoud have expird, you will permit me to beg your
attention to having it renewd upon the best terms which your knowlege
of the subject may suggest.2

I cannot but hope that Peace is near, & yet it seems extraordinary that
neither Congress, the french Minister, nor Genl. Carleton has any
intelligence on the subject. As to the neglect with which Congress is
treated that is neither new nor undeservd; but that all other sources
of official intelligence upon a matter so very interesting &
important, shoud be equally dry, is astonishing.

The mode of settling the Quotas of the States, & of establishing funds
for the payment of our debts are questions now before Congress. I wish
we had your assistance in discussing them. The Confederation is a
stumbling block to those who wish to introduce new, & I think
arbitrary systems. The vanity of being wiser than others, & of
being able to amend whatever is already done, enlists many under this
banner, who do not mean any thing undue. But these Dispositions are
often moulded to their measures by artful men, & others without
intending it, are made to minister to their pernicious purposes.

Please to make my respects acceptable to Mrs. Warren, & to all our
friends.

I have the honor to be, with the greatest esteam, Dear Sir, Yr. most Obedt
Servt.

Arthur Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Warren-Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

1 See Lee to Warren, April 8, 1782, note 2.

2 Warren’s March 14 response to Lee is in the microfilm edition of the Lee
Family Papers, and Richard Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, LL.D., 2 vols.
(Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1829), 2:278 – 79.