Sender: Richard Henry Lee
[York, Pennsylvania] [17 October 1777]Messrs. Hall & Sellen Gentle<men>
Congress having authorised their Committee of intelligence to get a Press fixed in this Town. I am as Chairman of that Committee, to propose to yo<u that> your Press be immediately brought here & set up that the expence of bringing the Press shall be defrayed by Congress, that you shall be employed in publishing for Congress and paid a liberal price for so doing. The Committee hope this will be a sufficient inducement, when you consider that a Newspaper published by you here, containing Congress intelligence, will be of extensive sale and very profitable, at all events, you will be pleased to give me an immediate answer, and deliver your Letter to General Mifflin, or the Quarter Master who may be in Reading, in order that an express may bring it without delay to this place, I am Gentlemen
Your Most Obedient Servant.
Richard Henry Lee
Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, p. 333. David Hall, the printing partner of Benjamin Franklin until 1766, and William Sellen published the Pennsylvania Gazette and printed paper money for the Continental Congress.