Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Shippen, Jr.
Baltimore 1st. January 1776My Dear Sir,
A happy new year is my wish for you and your family, that it will be a year of freedom our brave troops appear determined on, and whilst they are so, the Instruments of tyranny, and the perpetrators of Devilish deeds will not, cannot face them. The removal from Philadelphia was not a measure of mine, but had my hearty disapprobation so long as disapproving availed anything; but when go they would, I endeavored to put the best face on it. The Congress have lately invested General Washington with complete powers to displace, place, and direct everything relative to the military Hospitals. To him therefore, let me advise you, to make your immediate application, lay your plan before him, and prove as you have done to me the propriety of adopting it. No doubt can remain but that it will meet with his approbation and support - As for Morgan, the very Air teams with complaints against him - If all charged against him be true, I would not have my conscience so burthened for Mountains of Gold - Reasons for expecting the strongest friendship from France & Spain multiply upon us every day - If they can be prevailed with to make war, farewell the glory of England, and it may then be said as formerly it was of Rome Sevior Armis Luxuria incubuit, victumque ulciscitur orbem - Had it not been for the vile appenda es of Luxury, we should not have been abused, nor Britain overwhelmed by France - It will give us great pleasure to hear from you often, but greater still to see you - I will endeavor, but I know not how to hear from my Cousin Thom - But he is in a peaceful Country, and I make no doubt he is happy. Our best love attends
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, pp. 166 - 67.