<br /> Lee Letter: n791

Washington and Lee University

Sender: William Grayson
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Sir.

My appointment as a Judge to sit on the fœderal Court for deciding the
territorial controversy between the States of Massachusets and New
York, has been communicated to me by a letter from the Hon’ble the
Agents of those States;1 and though I feel
myself strongly impress’d with this flattering testimonial of their
confidence, yet entertaining some doubts as to the propriety of
accepting an appointment which might eventually interfere with the
duties of that which I have the honor to hold under the State of
Virginia must beg leave on that account to decline acting.

I have the honor to be, with every sentimt. of respect, Yr. Excys. Most
Obedt. & Most Devoted H’ble servt.

Willm. Grayson

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 78, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 See Massachusetts and New York Agents to James Monroe, December 28, 1784.