<br /> Lee Letter: n757

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: Thomas Mifflin

Sir,

It appears by the Papers of the secret Committee of Congress constituted in
1775, that they appointed me corresponding Agent in London, promising
me an adequate compensation for my Services. They remitted me, at the
same time, two hundred pounds for my
expences.1

I dischargd this trust, ’till my acceptance of an appointment as
Commissioner on the 16th of Decr. 1776. It was a service of danger,
& executed, I believe, with some advantage to America, as will
appear from the acknowledgment of the same Committee.

I now beg leave to submit to Congress, the ascertaing & ordering
payment of the compensation promised, as they shall think
just.2

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Yr Excellency’s most
Obedt. Servt.

Arthur Lee3

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 78, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 See these Letters, 2:475 – 76.

2 Lee’s request, together with an account for £145 additional expenses,
was referred on March 15 to Roger Sherman, David Howell, and Richard
Dobbs Spaight who reported in his favor on the 25th, although it is
unclear what compensatory action Congress may have taken. See JCC,
26:167 – 68; and PCC, item 78, 14:571 – 73, item 186, fol. 152.

3 A hint of Lee’s social life in Maryland can be found in a rather opaque
letter he wrote to an unidentified woman friend on March 4, in which
he apologized for the “uneasiness, & perhaps offence” given to
her mother for an unspecified impropriety he seems to have been
guilty of during a recent visit to West River. Miscellaneous
Manuscripts, NN.