<br /> Lee Letter: n835

Washington and Lee University

Sender: William Grayson
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Sir

I have very little news to communicate. Mr. Hancock is appointed President
but it is much doubted whether he will accept of this high Office. It
was surely improper to play the risquing game on such an occasion. The
business immedy. before Congress is whether Mr. Temple shall be
received as Consul Genl. from G.B. or not; there are on this occasion
different sentiments, though I presume when the States are fully
represented (there being but seven at present) that it will be decided
in the affirmative as Congress seem to have committed themselves as
they have resolved that the Ministers & Charg├ęs des affaires of
the U.S. are Consuls genl. ex Officio. Of course Adams is Consul Genl.
at the Court of G.B. – as soon as the dispatches from the Secy. for
foreign affairs arrives. Temple himself is in a peck of troubles about
it; it seems a very good salary depends on the decision.

Since your departure Adams has givn us another fire, to the old tune of
commercial restrictions. Jay & Thompson have thought his last
advices of so much importance as to send official letters to the States
to require the immediate attendance of the
Members.1 It is a little extraordinary that
Mr. Adams should recommend a commercial war, when in the same letter he
agrees that in the prosecution of this commercial war it is highly
probable we shall incur a real
war.2 We are no doubt in a good situation
for war. I inclose you a schedule of the advances to the
States,3 by which you will see that Virginia
has had less by a million of dollars than her proportion. No advantage
it seems can however be taken of this circumstance in the next
requisition as the resolution of the 3rd of June 1784 suspends the
payment of interest till the final settlement of the accounts, that is,
till the day of Judgment.

I read some part of your letter at the Sycamore alias the Virginia Hotel,
which gave no small satisfaction, & like an able negotiator I drew
some small advantages from it myself. Perhaps it may still be
productive. I had the honor of escorting them to the play the other
evening, when they made so beautiful & elegant an appearance as to
depopulate all the other boxes of the Beaux & Philanders. They beg
me to present their best regards to you. If it was not for the
intervention of Mrs. Lee, perhaps the expression might be more
animating. I am just on the point of leaving this
place.4 Should however anything new cast up
before I go I will write.

From yr. Affect frd & most obed servt.,

Willm. Grayson5


Receiver’s copy, Lee Family Papers, University of Virginia Library.

1 See Charles Thomson to Certain States, November 18.

2 See James McHenry to John Henry, November 28, note 3.

3 Not found.

4 Apparently Grayson did not leave New York until December 6 or 7, for which
see Maryland Delegates to Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, December 6,
note 3.

5 Grayson also wrote the following brief note to Virginia’s treasurer
Jacquelin Ambler on November 29: “At five days sight, of this my
first bill of exchange, (the second of the same tenor and date not
being paid,) pay to William Duer Esqr. or order the sum of four
hundred dollars, & place the same to account of, Sir, yr. hhble
servt, Willm. Grayson.” Account Vouchers, Vi.