<br /> Lee Letter: n792

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Adams

My much valued friends letter of March the 24th1
was this day delivered to me, but not by Mr. Kirkland or Colo. Allan,
it came from our Door-keeper who told me that it had been picked up on
Long Island. I received it however, with that true content that your
letters always bring with them. You have certainly done me justice when
you have taken me for an Unchanging Friend. I endeavor not to take up
friendships lightly, and therefore I am not capable of lightly laying
them down. But in this case, I am much too sensible of the honor done
me by your friendship not to wish most sincerely for its continuance.
And the true reason for want of punctuality in writing, I assigned to
you in my letter of March 14th last. The reasons there assigned will, I
hope, secure for me your pardon for having employed an Amanuensis (my
Nephew Shippen) upon that letter.

Your recommendation of Messrs. Kirkland & Allan are very sufficient to
procure for them my utmost favor.2 Here you
observe that I have personal knowledge of the deserts recommended. I
have, but it was not necessary when I reflected who it was that

I hope that we have gained your approbation by sending our Patriot friend
Mr. J. Adams Minister to London. I hope also for good things from that
Mission. Spain seems mal-affected to us, but as she has a commencing
dispute with Great Britain about the Musquetto shore, perhaps we may
find in her Minister, expected here this month, a more accommodating
spirit concerning the Mississippi than has yet appeared.

I am, with
sincerest sentiments of esteem, My dear Sir your affectionate friend,

Richard Henry Lee

My best wishes attend Mrs. Adams.


Receiver’s copy, Samuel Adams Papers, New York Public Library.

1 See Adams, Writings (Cushing), 4:312 – 14.

2 Adams had appealed to Lee’s “Sense of Justice” in advancing the Rev. Samuel
Kirkland’s claims for compensation for his services in ministering to
and maintaining the neutrality of the Six Nations during the war and
John Allan’s bid for reimbursement for his services as superintendent
of Indian affairs in the Eastern department. Kirkland’s April 6
memorial was referred on the 20th to a committee consisting of David
Howell, Samuel Holten, and William Samuel Johnson whose April 25
report was read the following day but not addressed until June 1 when
Congress awarded Kirkland pay, subsistence, and expenses for his
services from 1779 to the present, but denied the committee’s
recommendation that he be appointed chaplain to the U.S. troops to be
stationed at the western posts so that he could “continue his
services among the Indians of the six nations and endeavour to
preserve their attachment to the interests of the U. States.” See
JCC, 28:285n.2, 297n.1, 306 – 7, 407 – 8. John Allan’s April 20 petition
was referred the following day to the board of treasury which
reported June 6. The board denied Allan’s claim for the emoluments of
a military officer since his commission was purely a civil one, but
recommended that he be paid $3,494 for his services to June 4, 1783, and $870 45/90 for his final months of service until he learned of his dismissal. Congress approved his salary for the final months on
June 13 but delayed approval of his salary to 1783 until September 29
when it was charged to the requisition for 1784. See JCC, 28:287n,
431 – 32, 456, 467n, 29:780.