<br /> Lee Letter: n783

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Benjamin Rush

Sir

I have received the letter that you did me the honor to write to me on the
16th of last month, and I lost no time in presenting to Congress the
petition of the Trustees of Dickinson College. The petition was
referred to the consideration of a Committee, but as yet no report has
been made upon it.1

Informing the minds of youth, is an object of such essential consequence to
the well being of society, that I hope this proposition will meet with
no difficulty; and it is a purpose as benevolent as well to deserve
your fostering care and attention. I am particularly obliged to you Sir
for your polite and friendly congratulation on my appointment to the
Chair of Congress.

I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obedient and very humble Servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Rush Papers, Library Company of Philadelphia.

1 For Congress’ response to this January 16 petition of the Dickinson College
trustees which was written and signed by Rush, see David Howell to
Rush, January 28, note.