<br /> Lee Letter: n752

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: Theodorick Bland

Dear Bland

I write to you more to let you know I am alive and remember you than for
any thing I have to communicate. Hitherto we have been just able to
make up seven states. Nothing material therefore has been done. The
only question of consequence has been whether seven states were
federally competent to ratify the definitive treaty, after nine had
ratified the provisional articles of which it consisted. Congress were
divided in opinion and therefore nothing
done.1 The Massachusetts assembly have sent
a letter to congress complaining of some unfair statements in the
estimate of the national debt and of the article of contingencies in
the financier’s account.2

My love to Mrs. Bland & complements to all friends.

Adieu.

A Lee

Notes:

Transcription, Arthur Lee Transcripts, Virginia Historical Society.

1 See Thomas Jefferson’s Draft Resolution, December 27, 1783.

2 The Massachusetts legislature’s remonstrance concerning old Continental
bills of credit had been cast in the form of an October 28 letter
from Gov. John Hancock, which was read in Congress on December 18 and
referred to a committee chaired by Hugh Williamson, for which see
JCC, 25:815; and Massachusetts Delegates to Hancock, February 1,
1784.