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- .1 linear foot (1 folder)
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- Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref.
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- Additional Formats (note)
- Available as digital images.
- Funding (note)
- Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from the Polonsky Foundation.
- Source (note)
- Donated by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1899, as part of the Ford collection.
- Provenance (note)
- Most material in the collection was originally received as part of the Ford collection.
- Call Number
- MssCol 4522
Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794, creator.
Richard Henry Lee letters, 1771-1793.
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Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), American statesman, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and later in the United States Senate. The Richard Henry Lee letters, dated 1771-1793, are written mainly to family members, including his brother William Lee, and chiefly concern mercantile affairs, family matters and political or military news of the day. A letter to kinsman Charles Lee, August 31, 1779, discusses international alliances and mentions his brother Arthur Lee's interest in bringing a libel suit against Silas Deane for his published Address of December 5, 1778. Letters to other correspondents include a 1778 letter to Virginia statesman John Page, discussing British and American military movements and France's entry in the war, and a 1781 letter to an unidentified recipient suggesting means to secure a loan from Holland to help defray Virginia's war costs. Also present are Richard Henry Lee's letter of March 26, 1787 declining the position of delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and his resignation from the United States Senate, October 8, 1792, both letters citing poor health.
- Additional Formats
Available as digital images.
Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from the Polonsky Foundation.
- Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Most material in the collection was originally received as part of the Ford collection.
Donated by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1899, as part of the Ford collection.
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- Added Author
Lee, Charles, 1758-1815, recipient.
Lee, William, 1739-1795, recipient.
Page, John, 1744-1808, recipient.
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