and shall not trouble you further upon that, than
just to remark that his insinuating that Mr W L2 still
remains an Alderman of the City of London, because
his Name is inserted in that List in the Court Kallendar
of 78 discovers something more than Childishness and
Folly. His design seems to be at once to prejudice
the Reputation of that Gentleman in the Minds of his
Countrymen and to hold up the Appearance of glaring
Impropriety of Conduct in Congress, in appointing
the Alderman of London an American Commissioner; and
that this was done through the undue Influence of
family Connections; for he takes particular Care to
inform his Readers, that the two Brothers in Europe
have two Brothers in Congress which cannot be denied.
Neither can it be denied, that they are a Family,
who have been as early, as uniform, as persevering
and as able Patriots as perhaps any in the United
States. Mr A L, you are fully sensible was most
indefatigable in supporting our Cause in England.
By penetrating into the Designs of a most unprincipled
Court, he was able to give us the most timely and
important Intelligence, which he did at the Risque
of his Life; while Mr D was, in the Opinion of some
of his own Countrymen as well as others, of a doubtful
political Character. Mr Lee continued to transmit
to our Friends in France as well as to Congress before
he left England, the most accurate Accounts of things
there. Such was the opinion entertaind by Congress
of his Abilities his Integrity, his Zeal and Attachment
to his Country which indeed had been long experiencd,
that he was employd as a most useful & necessary Man.
The vigilant Eye of so consistent a Patriot, may be
formidable to a Combination of political & Commercial
Men, who may be aiming to get the Trade, the Wealth,
the Power and the Government of America into their
own Hands. He must therefore be hunted down;
and the young as well as the old Hounds are all ready
for the Game.
1 Ralph Izard. Cf. Wharton, Revolutionary
Diplomatic Correspondence, Vol. I , p. 589.
2 William Lee. Cf.., Ibid., p. 586.
To Samuel Cooper.
[Ms., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]
Jany 6 -79
I wrote to you on the 3d Inst by Express and then
promisd to write again by the first good Opportunity.
The Bearer of this Letter is a young Gentleman of
your Country who is passing thro this place in his
way home. He appears sensible, tells me he was
educated at H. College, has since studied Physick,
was taken at Sea & carried into England, was liberated
or made his Escape & went over to France, from Paris
he went to Dunkirk on the Encouragement of Mr Dean
& enterd Surgeon on board the Revenge Sloop, built
by order of a Come of Congress authorizd thereto &
at the Continental Expense, and till lately supposd
to have ever since remaind Continental Property, but
now so invelopd in political Commercial Mystery as
that it cannot be ascertaind whether she is ownd by
the United States or private Persons, or whether she
is the property partly publick & private. I will
tell you more of this Matter when the Mystery shall
be unraveld if it ever is; in the mean time remember
my dear Sir what I said in my last of commercial Combinations.