<br /> Lee Letter: n760

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: Theodorick Bland

Dear Bland,

How comes it that I have not receivd one line from you, tho’ I have written
so often. Has the uncommon rigor of the winter froze up all the genial
currents of friendship & the Soul. Has the frost also reachd Mrs.
Blands heart? We have wanted some of the effusions both of friendship
& fancy to console us here. Why will you keep them all to
yourselves?

The Chevalier de la Luzerne is here. I askd him whether he intended
visiting you. He says it will be impracticable. He leaves America for
Europe in August. I beleive M. de M – – 1 has
not treated him fairly, & that he has been undermind.

We have appointed the Generals Clarke, Wolcot, Greene & Butler &
Mr. Higgenson Commissioners to treat with the Indians. The Treaty to be
held as soon as possible. Genl. Schyler will be added
to-day.2

A plan is preparing to put the department of finance into Commission &
regulate its powers.3 The Superintendent
professes his intention of resigning in May. But I observe his
partizans are much against the Report. Therefore either he is insincere
or they servile. Perhaps both.

We talk of adjourning in May & leaving a Committee of the States. It
will I think be wrong; but some Members are so afraid of a southern
Climate in the Summer, that they take it for granted they shall die
unless they adjourn.

My love to Mrs. Bland. Compts. to Mr. Tucker.

Adieu

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Theodorus Bailey Myers Collection, New York Public
Library.

1 That is, the marquis de Barbé-Marbois.

2 For Philip Schuyler’s election this day, see JCC, 26:207 – 8.

3 See Committee of Congress to Robert Morris, March 30, note 1.