<br /> Lee Letter: n741

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: James Warren

Dear Sir,

I had the honor of writing to Mrs. Warren relative to Your Son’s
object.1 I have now to add that it is not
probable any question on the subject will come on ’till the new
delegation takes place of the present;2
therefore it woud be prudent to impress them before they leave your
State, in his favor.

Our removal to Philadelphia, tho’ much urgd, has not yet been effected; but
such is the influence of art & cultivation over right &
judgment that I cannot promise a vote will not at length be obtaind for
that pernicious measure.

Will you have the goodness to inform me, whether any thing has been done
relative to the land voted to me;3 & how
the paper-money, of which I troubled you with a parcell to receive the
interest, is now circumstanced. Whether it is funded, has depritiated
or appretiated.

We have not a word from any Minister in Europe relative to the definitive
treaty, which is not a little surprising. Mr. Dana was well at
Petersburg in April, when he informed us that the Empress woud not
receive him ’till the ratification of the definitive treaty, & a
new Letter of credence is sent dated posterior to the acknowlegment of
Our Independence by the british Crown.4 This
seems to be an over delicacy. Please to present my best respects to Mrs
Warren, Mrs J. Adams, Mr. Bodwoine, & Mr. S. Adams.

Farewell.

A Lee

Notes:

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

1 Not found; but for Winslow Warren’s application for an appointment as
consul in Portugal, see Samuel Holten to Warren, July 15, 1783, note.

2 That is, the new Massachusetts delegation, for which see Stephen Higginson
to Unknown, July 21, 1783, note 1.

3 For Lee’s Massachusetts land grant, see these Letters, 18:440, 442n.2,
19:710.

4 See Benjamin Hawkins to James Madison, August 9, 1783.