Sully January 16th. 1809
My Brother Genl. Henry Lee being in a most critical state of health, has been advised by his Physicians to try a Sea-voyage—as the only Chance left of restoring it—He wishes also to obtain the deposition of Col Brown of one of the Caiers;—which I believe is an Island so small as to attract to it few vessels—except such as go once a year Specially for its Cotton. Col. Brown’s testimony is important in a Suit now ready for trial—which involves a very valuable estate.—I mentioned this Subject to the Secretary of State—who gave me no hope of success—But as the Genl. has requested me to apply personally to you—you will be pleased to excuse me for imposing on you the trouble of this letter. I will only add—if in your power to comply with my Brother’s request—you can impose what conditions you may deem proper and confer a lasting favor on him and on me. Mr. Jos. Lewis of Congress will convey your answer speedily to me. The subject of this letter is not communicated to him or any other person—Therefore let the issue be what it may—I must ask the favor to confine it to your own mind. With sentiments of the highest personal respect and consideration I remain Sir yr. very obt. sert
Richard Bland Lee
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.