<br /> Lee Letter: n774

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: the States


I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency an Ordinance of Congress
passed yesterday for fixing the permanent and temporary residence of
that body.1

With sentiments of great regard and esteem, I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant,

Richard Henry Lee


Letter book, Papers of Continental Congress, item 16, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. Endorsed: “In
the letters for New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland &
Georgia, the following was added. I am desired by Congress to request
that you will be pleased to urge the Delegates from your State to
repair to Congress as speedily as possible, to the end that the very
important business now under consideration may receive the fullest,
earliest and most mature deliberation.”

1 For this December 23d ordinance, authorizing the appointment of three
commissioners for laying out a new federal town, “on the banks of
either side of the Delaware, not more than eight miles above or below
the lower falls thereof,” and announcing that Congress would adjourn
on the 24th “to meet at the city of New York, on the eleventh Day of
January,” see JCC, 27:699 – 704.