<br /> Lee Letter: n782

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Rutledge


I have the honor to enclose you an Act of Congress for forming a fœderal
Court to determine a controversy, respecting territory, that subsi[s]ts
between the States of Massachusets and New
York.1 The future concord and happiness of
the United States depends so eminently upon the wise and early
settlement of such disputes that both Congress and the Parties will be
well pleased to find this court a full one, by the acceptance of all
the Judges appointed to form it.2

I have the honor to be with the highest esteem and regard, Sir, Your Most
Obedient and very humble Servant,

Richard Henry Lee


Letter book, Papers of Continental Congress, item 16, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. Addressed: “The
Honorable John Rutledge Esqr.”

1 For this December 24 “Act,” see JCC, 27:709 – 10. For the context in which
this letter was sent, see Massachusetts and New York Agents to James
Monroe, December 28, 1784.

2 For Rutledge’s March 26 response declining this appointment, see JCC,
28:351 – 52; and PCC, item 78, 19:479 – 82.