Sir                                                                    New York Jan 4th. 1785


I have the honor to endorse to your Excellency some late communications from the Minister plenipotentiary of these United States at Paris, together with an act of Congress on that subject - Much inconvenience to the American Ministers abroad, being apprehended from improper publication of their letters, that induced Congress to desire that these informations may be kept from the public eye.  The precarious state of our public credit aboard is so powerfully expressed in these letter, is to render a comment unecessary - They prove incontestably the necessity of immediate vigorous measures for supplying the Treasury of the United States, that justice may be punctually done to those excellent friends who assisted us in the day of our distress - Your enlightened legislation Sir will see the close connection that subsists between National safety and National faith - that the loss of the latter will ever have the most malignant effects upon the former.

The Congress requests that your Execellency will lay these communications before the General Assembly of your State, with the act of Congress respecting them -

I have the honor to be with sentiment

of the trust esteem & regards Sir  your Execellency=s most

 obedient and very humble servant

Circular                                                               R. H. Lee

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Excellency Richard Henry Lee



of  the Honorable Continental




Alexander Martin

John Houston

Patrick Henry




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New York Jany 21" 1785