George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 20 August 1794

From Henry Lee

Richmond 20th August 94.

My dear sir

Pardon me for again writing to you in so short a time—I always do it with reluctance, because I know your time occupied constantly with momentous concerns.

But the present crisis seems pregnant with very eventful issues.

the public mind is on the [stretch].1 Love of order is the dominating principle, & hatred to draw blood from fellow citizens weighs—the opinions of the minority of Congress are resorted to.

M. Gallatin always voted with our senators, Mr Smylie with our delegates, & they are declared to be among the leaders of the insurgents.

this may be a fact or may be so, but being credited as a truth it is from thence agreed that the resistance to law is venial & the effect will I fear be unfortunate to order where the fact is beleived & the inference regarded—However I must yet adhere to my opinion given in my last letter2 viz., that the great body of the people will faithfully support their Cheif majistrate & their government.

Individuals once high among us in political influence will feel a decrease of weight.

Information transmitted weekly of the measures of the insurgents to be communicated here from authority I think would produ[c]e a continuance of the temper already shewn by my fellow citizens & I shall be very happy indeed to be instrumental in continuing & confirming their present general disposition. I have the honor to be dear sir with unalterable attachment your friend & sert

Henry Lee


1Lee wrote "strecth."

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