<br /> Lee Letter: n796

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Huntington

Sir,

The Letter that you honored me with by Dr. Lyman I received, and I hope I
have served that Gentleman effectually by introducing and recommending
him to the Delegate here from Georgia, who has written in the Doctors
favour to the principal men in his State. I am so perfectly well
acquainted with your justice and humanity, that I am very sure of
success, when I recommend to your friendly care and powerful protection
the cause of an innocent but injured Gentleman, and of a very worthy
family. It is Mr. Charles McEvers of this City, whose property in your
State has, I understand, been confiscated upon a mistaken principle
that he was a british Adherent. It is most clear that a misconception
of this Gentlemans Character has drawn this misfortune upon him, as
appears incontestably by the proofs that he possesses of a very early
attachment to our suffering friends at Boston, and by Governor Clintons
letter, which out of doubt acquits him of all attachment to our former
enemies. Eagle-eyed as this State is, and has been, to discern its
foes; and prompt to confiscate the property of all such, it is a
demonstration of the innocence of Mr. McEvers that he has not been here
considered as an Adherent to the British. And what is a very remarkable
truth that has come under my own observation, the warmest and most
virtuous Whigs of this place are the most decided friends of Mr.
McEvers, and wish to see justice done him by a restoration of his
property lost in your State. Had these things been known to your wise
and just Legislature, I am very certain that this misfortune would not
have befallen this Gentleman, and when they shall be made known, I have
as little doubt but that Mr. McEvers will receive complete retribution
from an Assembly so justly celebrated as that of Connecticut for Wisdom
and Virtue. I beg you Sir, to present my respectful Compliments to my
much esteemed old Congressional friends Mr. Sherman and Col. Dyer, and
tell them how much I wish that my advocation of Mr. McEvers course may
meet with their approbation, and be supported by their Aid; and that
influence which the Opinions of such men must always have upon the
minds of their fellow Citizens.1

I have the Honor to be, with great esteem and regard Sir, Your Most
Obedient & very humble Servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia. In a clerical
hand and signed by Lee.

1 Lee sent this letter under cover of the following brief letter to McEvers
of April 27.

“I have the honor to enclose a letter for Mr. Huntington which I sincerely
wish may be fortunate enough to avail you in the just application
that you are making to the Assembly of Connecticut. If it can be in
my power to serve you in any other manner, freely command me.”
Revolutionary War Collection, Ct.