Contents and Arrangement

Letter to Henry Lee (1756-1818), 1795 April 7

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a one-page signed autograph letter from Patrick Henry in Red Hill, Virginia, to Major-General Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee III. Henry opens the letter reporting that he has again been asked by "the Executive" (President George Washington) to administer the Fairfax estate, likely referring to George William Fairfax, whose estate neighbored Mount Vernon. Fairfax had left Virginia in 1773, giving Washington power of attorney, but had died in England in 1787. Henry continues seeking Lee's assistance in selling "about 10 tracts of land in No. Carolina from 15 to 20 miles from Fayetteville. They contain about 9000 acres, are choice rice lands..." Henry also describes land at Cape Henry and elsewhere.


Items are arranged by accession.

Collection History


AM 2018-44

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No material was separated during 2013-2020 processing.


The majority of materials in this collection were purchased with support from The Barksdale-Dabney-Henry Fund for Research and Teaching on Patrick Henry and Early Americana

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on January 29, 2007. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on January 29, 2007.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in October 2015 and by Kelly Bolding in November 2016, November 2017, June 2019, and March 2020.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Letter to Henry Lee (1756-1818); Princeton University Library Collection of Patrick Henry Materials, C1165, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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