<br /> Lee Letter: n738

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: St. George Tucker

Dear Sir.

Mr. David Ross has a Note of hand for some money I lent in France to a
Capt. Taylor decd. His Executor has repeatedly promised payment, but
never performd. I therefore suppose it will be necessary to have
recourse to legal means for obtaining it. Be so good as to ask Mr. Ross
for the note, & if the Executor will not pay it in a reasonable
time, you will oblige me by taking such legal measures as may compel
him. I Enclose you a Note for a small Sum long due from Capt. Wm.
Green, son of Col. Green, the payment of which I beg you will obtain.

Congress are yet at Princeton. The Citizens here are signing an Address
intended to effect their return to this City. As Mr. Robert Morris’s
undue & wicked influence depends so much upon the residence here,
it is presumd that he will use his utmost authority for that purpose.
But his influence has manifestly diminished since the removal from
Philadelphia, & the fixing of Congress in any other place will I
hope restrain it within due bounds. It is much suspected that he &
his friends have been the prime movers of all the disturbances in the
Army, for the purpose of enforcing the 5 per Ct. in the shape most
parental of a corrupt influence in Congress of which he with reason
expected to be the prime Minister. Naturally, I conceive, the Soldiers,
had they not been otherwise tutord, woud have made their attempt upon
him, as it is notorious that all the funds of the U.S. are in his
hands.

Potomac & Delaware are the Competitors for the permanent residence of
Congress. The offer of jurisdiction in two States, is, in reason, a
very strong circumstance in favor of
Potomac.1 But unhappily reason very rarely
governs in these decisions. No account of the definitive treaty.

Adieu

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Tucker-Coleman Papers, College of William and Mary. In
Lee’s hand, though not signed.

1 See Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, April 10, note 3 ; and James
McHenry to William Hindman, July 19, 1783, note 3.