<br /> Lee Letter: n805

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Adams

Dear Sir,

On the 28th instant I had the honor to pay my respects to you in a letter
of that date to wch. I beg leave to refer. The design of this letter is
to introduce to your acquaintance, and friendly offices, Captain
Christopher Miller the Bearer, who was this day introduced to me by
Governor Clinton of this State, who assures me that in the late war the
Captain proved himself to be a firm and useful friend to the cause of
America – And the Governor added, that he would be answerable for
Captain Millers worth and integrity. The Captain has in contemplation,
a plan, concerning which he will talk with you, and which he thinks
will be productive both of private & public good; and if you can
find it convenient to aid his views, I doubt not but that you will
assist a worthy friend to this country.1

I
have the honor to be, with the most perfect esteem & regard dear
Sir, your most obedient & very humble servant.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

1 Capt. Christopher Miller’s June 1 memorial to Congress – explaining that he
was sailing for London to take command of a New York-built ship
“Called the Governor Clinton” and requesting that he be granted
letters of credence “As a Protection upon his lawfull Enterprize As
the Said Ship belongs to Subjects of the United States” – was referred
that day to John Laurance, David Howell and Rufus King who reported
June 2. The committee recommended that a “sea letter” be granted for
the Governor Clinton in the same form as that drawn up in January
1784 for Capt. John Green, master of the Empress of China since
Miller was “bound on a voyage, in the course of which a Sea letter
may be useful.” See JCC, 26:58 – 59, 28:416; and PCC, item 41, 6:405 – 6,
item 190, fol. 43. See also Charles Thomson to Samuel Elbert, June 2,
note 2.