From Thomas Newton
Richmond Augt 7. 1813
Mr Richd E Lee of Norfolk a friend of mine, is on a visit to that part of the State in which you reside—
He feels desirous of calling on you before he leaves it—as he is not personally acquainted with you permit me to make you acquainted with him. Mr Lee is a firm republican—you will find him intelligent and devoted to the interest & honor of our Common Country—I remain with great
RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Oct. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.
Richard Evers Lee (ca. 1754–1814) represented Norfolk County and Norfolk Borough in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1790 and 1803–04, respectively, served as a borough alderman for many years, and was Norfolk’s mayor, 1807–08. During the last eight years of his life, he was president of the Branch Bank of Virginia in Norfolk (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index , 2:1624; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 2d ser., 17 : 525–6; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 180, 232; New-York Gazette & General Advertiser, 1 July 1807; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3239; Norfolk City Will Book, 3:149; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 22 June 1814).