<br /> Lee Letter: n802

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Adams

My dear Sir,

I thank you for your favor introducing Mrs. Macauley Graham to
me.1 This excellent Lady made but a short
stay here, being desirous of returning from the South, before the
sickly season comes on in that climate. I hope we shall shortly finish
our plan for disposing of the western Lands to discharge the oppressive
public debt created by the war & I think that if this source of
revenue be rightly managed, that these republics may soon be discharged
from that state of oppression and distress that an indebted people must
invariably feel. The late arrival here of a Ship from Canton in China
after a successful voyage of 14 Months from this port, is a proof of
American enterprise, and will probably mortify, as much as it will
injure our old Oppressors, the British.2

I beg my respects to Mrs. Adams, and I sincerely wish a long continuance of
health and happiness to you,

being most truly dear Sir Your
affectionate friend,

Richard Henry Lee3

Notes:

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

1 See Adams, Writings (Cushing), 4:314 – 15: and Lee to Washington, May 3, note
3.

2 See Rufus King to Elbridge Gerry, May 12, note.

3 Lee also wrote to his nephew, Thomas Lee Shippen, on May 22 concerning some
purchases, concluding: “I believe it is only for that eye which sees
all things to come, that can conjecture when Congress will adjourn.
It seems clear however that it will not be before August, if they
adjourn at all. Whilst they continue to sit I am bound you
know – & when they adjourn I shall make great haste to Virginia.
However, I hope you may go up the North River, because, by that means
I shall have the happiness of seeing you here once more before I quit
this City. We have past the Land Ordinance for selling the Country N.
W. of Ohio, so far as the Indian purchases go, for payment of the
debts of the United States.” Shippen Family Papers, DLC. Lee, Letters
(Ballagh), 2:360 – 61.