Wythe to Richard Henry Lee, 18 October 1777

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George Wythe asked Richard Henry Lee to send his opinions on taxation, a topic that Wythe said would likely be discussed in the upcoming session of the Continental Congress. He asked Lee to send the Maryland act and said that if Lee were to look at it and provide his own observations, it would be a great help.

Letter text

Williamsburg, 18th October,

Well I know, sir, how much of your time is taken up in the important duties of your station, nor do I wish to interrupt you, even so long, as it would require, to answer a letter from me, unless you think you cannot be better employed. This I write chiefly to remind you, how acceptable a line from you will be; and further, that I would very gladly be acquainted with your sentiments upon taxation, a topic which we expect at the approaching session will be copiously discussed. When you were so obliging as to send me the Maryland act, you had not considered it, perhaps you may have since had leisure to do so, and if you have, I need not tell you, what advantage may be derived from your observations. I am, dear sir, your obedient,

George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee, Member of the
Continental Congress, now at York,

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