Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] In Congress April 23d. 1783
[salute] Dear Madam
I arrived in Philadelphia this day1
and had the honor of receiving your Commands of the 9th.2
Tho' we were exceedingly desirous of the assistance of Mr. Adams in what yet remains
to be done in Europe; yet his Letters were so pressing, that the Committee to whom
they were referrd coud not resist reporting in favor of his resignation.3
Congress have not yet considerd that report; but I think Madam, you may rely upon
it, that leave will be given as he requests.
I shall participate with you in the pleasure of his return, after so long a sacrifise
as he has made to the peace and prosperity of this Country. Her gratitude will I hope
never forget, the essential services he has renderd. A french frigate, that left France,
the beginning of March, arrivd here two days since;4
but did not bring one line for Congress. We learn however, that the general Treaty
was not then settled.
[salute] I have the honor to be with the truest sentiments of respect & esteem, Dear Madam,
Yr. most Obedt. & most humbl. Servt.
[signed] Arthur Lee