Richard Henry Lee to Wythe, 28 February 1783
Ludwell Lee, Richard Henry Lee's son, had been studying law under Wythe, but had left his studies to serve as aide-de-camp to General Lafayette in 1781. Richard Henry Lee writes to Wythe to ask him if he would be able to take Ludwell on again. He compliments Wythe's teaching ability and congratulates him on having been successful in helping achieve independence for the United States.
Chantilly feby. 28th. 1783
Much respected worthy Sir,
My son Ludwell comes again to put himself under your patronage in his Law studies, from whence we both regretted that he was compelled to remove by the necessities of the times. Independent indeed of the powerful consideration of your friendship for himself and me, I feel strongly the propriety of preferring giving preference of encouragement to the Institutions of my own country to those of other states, and I am happy to be informed that sensible men in the neighboring Countries, entertain a proper sense of the benefits to be derived from your benevolent attention to the instruction of youth; as I understand that young gentlemen now of Philadelphia propose to finish their studies with you. My son will in all things follow your friendly advice and be grateful to the bestower for giving it.
As far as we may judge at present, it would seem that we are not far removed from the possession of that blessing which you have so uniformly [and] so ably contended for - the Independence of the United States appears by the King of England's speech to his Parliament, to be granted by him, and many other corresponding accounts render it more than probable that a general peace has already taken place, upon which favorable prospect I do most heartily congratulate you.
Mrs. presents her compliments to your Lady, and I beg to be continued on the roll of your best friends. I am with the most perfect esteem & regard, dear Sir,
your much obliged & obedient.
Richard Henry Lee