July 15. 1779.
[Extract of?] a letter from A. Lee [to] Gov. Henry. Paris Dec. 14. 1778.
[’I inclo]se the account of the paper which the Treasurer wrote for [… strike] the paper bills on which you will have the goodness to [… hi]m.’
[T]he inclosed paper and letter abovementioned came by […] Genl. Washington. We have hopes that the paper (which [we … s]uppose to be laded with some military stores) will come to hand. I am Sir Your humble servt.,
RC (Vi). Mutilated fragment. A printed text in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 20–1, though inaccurate, supplies two or three words now chipped away from the MS. It is not possible to estimate the number of words missing in the remaining gaps. Enclosure missing.
The treasurer: George Webb, who succeeded Robert Carter Nicholas, 17 Dec. 1776 (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , 1776, 1828 edn., p. 100). In a letter to John Page, 27 May 1778, Arthur Lee mentions enclosing a specimen of the paper for the treasury desired by Webb (R. H. Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, ii, 130; see also i, 419, and William Lee to TJ, 24 Sep. 1779). Since Lee’s letter to Henry of 14 Dec. 1778 has not been found, the incident cannot be further clarified.