<br /> Lee Letter: w004

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee, Circular


I have the honor to endorse to your Excellency some late communications from the Minister plenipotentiary of these United States at Paris, together with an act of Congress on that subject – Much inconvenience to the American Ministers abroad, being apprehended from improper publication of their letters, that induced Congress to desire that these informations may be kept from the public eye. The precarious state of our public credit aboard is so powerfully expressed in these letter, is to render a comment unecessary – They prove incontestably the necessity of immediate vigorous measures for supplying the Treasury of the United States, that justice may be punctually done to those excellent friends who assisted us in the day of our distress – Your enlightened legislation Sir will see the close connection that subsists between National safety and National faith – that the loss of the latter will ever have the most malignant effects upon the former.

The Congress requests that your Execellency will lay these communications before the General Assembly of your State, with the act of Congress respecting them – I have the honor to be with sentiment of the trust esteem & regards Sir your

Execellency’s most obedient and very humble servant

R. H. Lee


Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

On the reverse of this circular, apparently sent to the chief executives of the thirteen states, reads: “Excellency Richard Henry Lee President of the Honorable Continental Congress Alexander Martin John Houston Patrick Henry Copy of Circular Letter New York Jany 21st 1785 record.”