<br /> Lee Letter: n822

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Jay


I had the honor of receiving this morning your favor of the fourth instant
concerning the letter from Count de florida Blanca to the President of
Congress, which was delivered to me by Mr.
Gardoque.1 Having considered that letter as
a public one, I deliverd it to Congress, and it now remains with their
Secretary, if he has not sent it to your Office. I do not precisely
remember the contents of the letter, and viewing it in the light of a
public one, I have two difficulties, which I pray your assistance to
remove. As a public letter, it would seem that the sentiments in answer
should be dictated by Congress – As a private one, I should know exactly
its contents which I do not. I shall be very happy to have your
sentiments on this occasion after you have seen the letter; and I will
readily pursue that course which your better knowledge of such business
shall point out to me.

Be pleased Sir to accept my thanks for your obliging wishes for the
restoration of my health which is much mended since I have drank the
waters in the vicinity of this place. My compliments, if you please, to
Mr. Gardoque.

I have the honor to be, with sentiments of much esteem and regard, Sir your
most obedient and very humble servant,

Richard Henry Lee.


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

1 Jay’s letter is not in the PCC, but the enclosed October 8, 1784, letter
from the conde Floridablanca to the President of Congress introducing
Don Diego de Gardoqui is in PCC, item 97, fols. 262 – 65. Lee’s file
copy of an English translation of the letter is in the Lee Papers,
PPAmP (Lee Family Papers microfilm).

For the submission of Floridablanca’s letter to Congress and referral to
Secretary Jay on October 4, and Jay’s October 6 report, see JCC,
29:807n, 809. For Lee’s response to the Spanish foreign minister,
which with minor variations is the draft reported by Jay, see Lee to
Floridablanca, October 6, 1785.