George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Sidney Lee, 3 July 1783

Chester Newgate Street July 3d 1783


Yesterday I had the honor of receiving your Exellency’s favors of April 20th & May 15th Written in a Style so obligingly polite, that with confidence I take the liberty of presenting my Warmest thanks for the trouble you have given yourself at my request. That I was advised and encouraged to make by a Man of Very high rank in this Kingdom for who’s Character I have reason to beleive you have the truest esteem, and Well know he has for your Excellency’s. Otherwise shou’d not have dared to have taken the steps I did.

Must also entreat you Will accept my thanks for the honor of Your Compliments of condolences upon the death of my brother.

I certainly received some months ago Mr Jacob Morris’s letter Written in December, and in it enclosed a Copy of my brother’s Will, but Without the Original, or an attested Copy, and receiving necessary powers from the Executors (from whom I have not yet heard) I can take no steps toward securing a large sum of Money in the hands of Messieurs Muse & Atkison, Contractors in the late dreadful War. And that shew’d when in their power all possible inclination to appropriate it, to their own use.

The above I have endeavour’d to set forth, to prove the reality of the benefit likely to accrue Sr to me, through your interference and the consequential gratitude with which I must ever remain your Excellency’s, With the Most sincere respect, exceedingly oblig’d humble Servant

Sidney Lee

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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