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Lee, Arthur (1740-1792) to John Fitzgerald

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02504.26 Author/Creator: Lee, Arthur (1740-1792) Place Written: Stratford, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 May 1785 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 30 x 19.2 cm.

Lee, a United States diplomat, discusses financial matters with Fitzgerald, George Washington's former aide-de-camp. Requests information regarding money he invested for his brother, Richard Henry Lee, in the Potomac Canal project.

Following the American Revolution, George Washington organized the Potomac Company to construct canals along the Potomac River.

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