<br /> Lee Letter: n821

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Holten
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Sir.

I have been honored with your Excellency’s attention of the 25th
ultimo.1 & it gives me sensible pleasure
to hear that there is a prospect of your health being restored.

The enclosed came to hand yesterday, & from the address I took the
liberty to open it, but finding that it did not relate to public
business, I have now the Honor of forwarding the
same.2 The most important public business
remains much in the same state as when you left us; and this day is
assigned for the consideration of the report of the come. of
qualifications, respecting the gentlemen from Rhode Island: said report
is in their favor.

I have with perfect respect, the honor to be, your Excellency’s most
obedient & very humble servant.


File copy, Hiram Putnam Papers, Smith College. In the hand of Samuel

1 Letter not found.

2 Holten had been elected chairman to preside over Congress during Lee’s
illness and sojourn to Philadelphia for the recovery of his health,
for which Holten to William Gordon, August 22, note 4.