<br /> Lee Letter: n812

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Jay

Sir,

The letter from his most Christian Majesty mentioned in yours of the 18th
instant is to be received in the same manner as the late letter from
his Majesty was – And I have the honor now to inform you that I shall be
ready to receive Mr. De Marbois here tomorrow forenoon at half an hour
after ten o’Clock.1

I am, with much esteem and regard Sir your most obedient and very humble
Servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

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

1 Jay had enclosed a July 18 letter to him from the French chargĂ© d’affaires, the marquis de BarbĂ©-Marbois, asking instructions on “when and in what Manner” he was to deliver a May 10 letter from
Louis XVI to Congress acknowledging Congress’ letter to him of
December 11, 1784. And Jay had continued “I presume that this will be
received as the last Letter [of March 27, announcing the birth of a
prince] was, and therefore request the Favor of your Excellency to
inform when it will be most convenient for you to receive Mr. Marbois
for that purpose.” See PCC, item 120, fols. 372 – 76.

For the original letter to the King, see JCC, 27:682 – 83; and Lee’s letters
to Benjamin Franklin and to the marquis de Lafayette of December 11,
1784. For Congress’ response to Louis XVI’s March 27 letter, see
Charles Thomson to Jay, June 14, 1785.