<br /> Lee Letter: n758

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: Joseph Reed

Dear Sir,

By this time I hope your health has been materially benefitted by your
voyage to Europe. Our latest Advices from London announce great
violence & confusion arising from the contests between Pitt &
Fox. In this Country we are more harmonious & composd. The cession
of all the territory northwest of the Ohio, belonging to the Virginia,
has been formally made by that State & accepted by Congress.
Generals Clarke, Wolcot, Green, Butler & Mr. Higgenson are
appointed to negociate a treaty & purchase from the Indians their
claims, which will secure the settlements in that Country, & enable
us to satisfy the demands of the Army, & sink the public debt by
the sale of the Lands. A consummation devoutly to be wishd.

I expect, if there is any sense left in the english Nation, they will turn
their attention to Lord Shelburne, who I believe is the only man
capable of saving their Country from the ruin that threatens it from
such Counsellors & Contests. If you see Lord Shelburne, please to
present to him my best respects, & the same to Dr. Price. I beg you
will make my Compts. to Mrs. & Mr. Deberdt. On the other side is a
Copy of the report on your Letter.1 It has
not been acted upon, from the number of public matters which have
occupyd Congress.


A. Lee

The Committee to whom was referrd a Letter of Decr. 13. 1783 from
Jos. Reed Esqr. submit to Congress the following Resolution

Resd. That Congress always entertaind a high sense of the zeal, abilities
& activity in the public Service manifested by Joseph Reed Esqr.
formerly Adjutant general in the service of the U.S. & late
President of the State of Pensylvania.

Committee Mr. Howell, Mr. Lee, Mr. Tilton.


Receiver’s copy, Joseph Reed Papers, New York Historical Society.

1 Reed’s letter of December 13, 1783, asking for a “Testimonial of the
Approbation” of Congress for his wartime conduct which he might use
as a letter of introduction in his travels abroad had been referred
to a committee appointed December 22 and renewed January 26
consisting of Lee, David Howell, and James Tilton. The committee’s
January 30 report, for which see the postscript to this letter, was
not acted upon and on May 17 was included among matters to be
referred to the Committee of the States. On June 2, however, it was
also listed among those items that no longer required action. The
Committee of the States apparently concurred with the latter
recommendation when it took up the report on July 12. See JCC,
25:836n, 26:60, 27:399, 529, 585; and PCC, item 19, 5:237 – 38, item
78, 19:459 – 62, item 185, 3:90, item 186, fols. 140, 146. For
political considerations involved in Congress’ inaction, see Elbridge
Gerry to Reed, May 5, 1784.