Letter from Mann Page, Jr. to John Page

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    [Mann Page Jr. to John Page May 19, 1777 [RvW Box 1 Folder 18; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Dear Brother I was much pleased to hear to Day by the Post, that Mr. Wythe was chosen Speaker of the House of Delegates. We know his Character, [and] can trust him. I wish the Members under him may prove as disinterest- -ed as he is; but from what I can learn, the old faction still raises it's Head. They intend to turn Colo. [Colonel] R. H. Lee out of the Congress. I do not think they can put a more honest one in his place, [and] am sure they cannot so industri- -ous a one. Colo. [Colonel] F. L. Lee is to go because he is Brother to him, and I because I married a Sister to Colo. [Colonel] Lee's Lady. As to myself I shall esteem it a peculiar happiness to be eased from the tiresome Post I now hold; besides the Appointment of another Delegate now in my Room will save that trouble in the fall. But if Colo. [Colonel] R.H. Lee is left out our Country will have cause to lament his Loss. His Abilities are great, his Love to his Country great [and] his Application to business such as renders him superiour [sic] to most Men. I know Reports are circulating injurious to him, but they are the Offspring of Calumny or Envy. There is a Baseness in attacking the Char [End Page 1] -racter of a Man who is out of the Way of defending himself which makes me detest the Wretch who can be so mean, but when he is forced to call in a Lee to assist him I do from my soul detest him. I really pity the Colo. [Colonel] who suffers from the Intrigue of a set of Miscreants, whilst he is wasting his time, health and Fortune in his Country Service. I shall be glad to hear what the Assembly is about. The News-Papers contain all the News which we have here. We begin to grow a little strong in the Jersies, [and] I am of Opinion all will not long remain quiet here If any thing of Consequence should happen, I will give you a particular Account of it. Please to give our Love to my sister, who, I hope, with all your little ones is well. I am dear Brothr. Yours affectionately Philadelphia Mann Page Junr. May 19th 1777 [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] May 19th 77 Mr. Page [Addressed:] The honble. [honorable] John Page Esquire at Williamsburg Fr[om] Mann Page Junr. [Junior] Virginia [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [Mann Page Jr. to John Page May 19, 1777 [RvW Box 1 Folder 18; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Dear Brother I was much pleased to hear to Day by the Post, that Mr. Wythe was chosen Speaker of the House of Delegates. We know his Character, [and] can trust him. I wish the Members under him may prove as disinterest- -ed as he is; but from what I can learn, the old faction still raises it's Head. They intend to turn Colo. [Colonel] R. H. Lee out of the Congress. I do not think they can put a more honest one in his place, [and] am sure they cannot so industri- -ous a one. Colo. [Colonel] F. L. Lee is to go because he is Brother to him, and I because I married a Sister to Colo. [Colonel] Lee's Lady. As to myself I shall esteem it a peculiar happiness to be eased from the tiresome Post I now hold; besides the Appointment of another Delegate now in my Room will save that trouble in the fall. But if Colo. [Colonel] R.H. Lee is left out our Country will have cause to lament his Loss. His Abilities are great, his Love to his Country great [and] his Application to business such as renders him superiour [sic] to most Men. I know Reports are circulating injurious to him, but they are the Offspring of Calumny or Envy. There is a Baseness in attacking the Char [End Page 1] -racter of a Man who is out of the Way of defending himself which makes me detest the Wretch who can be so mean, but when he is forced to call in a Lee to assist him I do from my soul detest him. I really pity the Colo. [Colonel] who suffers from the Intrigue of a set of Miscreants, whilst he is wasting his time, health and Fortune in his Country Service. I shall be glad to hear what the Assembly is about. The News-Papers contain all the News which we have here. We begin to grow a little strong in the Jersies, [and] I am of Opinion all will not long remain quiet here If any thing of Consequence should happen, I will give you a particular Account of it. Please to give our Love to my sister, who, I hope, with all your little ones is well. I am dear Brothr. Yours affectionately Philadelphia Mann Page Junr. May 19th 1777 [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] May 19th 77 Mr. Page [Addressed:] The honble. [honorable] John Page Esquire at Williamsburg Fr[om] Mann Page Junr. [Junior] Virginia [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [Mann Page Jr. to John Page May 19, 1777 [RvW Box 1 Folder 18; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Dear Brother I was much pleased to hear to Day by the Post, that Mr. Wythe was chosen Speaker of the House of Delegates. We know his Character, [and] can trust him. I wish the Members under him may prove as disinterest- -ed as he is; but from what I can learn, the old faction still raises it's Head. They intend to turn Colo. [Colonel] R. H. Lee out of the Congress. I do not think they can put a more honest one in his place, [and] am sure they cannot so industri- -ous a one. Colo. [Colonel] F. L. Lee is to go because he is Brother to him, and I because I married a Sister to Colo. [Colonel] Lee's Lady. As to myself I shall esteem it a peculiar happiness to be eased from the tiresome Post I now hold; besides the Appointment of another Delegate now in my Room will save that trouble in the fall. But if Colo. [Colonel] R.H. Lee is left out our Country will have cause to lament his Loss. His Abilities are great, his Love to his Country great [and] his Application to business such as renders him superiour [sic] to most Men. I know Reports are circulating injurious to him, but they are the Offspring of Calumny or Envy. There is a Baseness in attacking the Char [End Page 1] -racter of a Man who is out of the Way of defending himself which makes me detest the Wretch who can be so mean, but when he is forced to call in a Lee to assist him I do from my soul detest him. I really pity the Colo. [Colonel] who suffers from the Intrigue of a set of Miscreants, whilst he is wasting his time, health and Fortune in his Country Service. I shall be glad to hear what the Assembly is about. The News-Papers contain all the News which we have here. We begin to grow a little strong in the Jersies, [and] I am of Opinion all will not long remain quiet here If any thing of Consequence should happen, I will give you a particular Account of it. Please to give our Love to my sister, who, I hope, with all your little ones is well. I am dear Brothr. Yours affectionately Philadelphia Mann Page Junr. May 19th 1777 [End Page 2] [Endorsed:] May 19th 77 Mr. Page [Addressed:] The honble. [honorable] John Page Esquire at Williamsburg Fr[om] Mann Page Junr. [Junior] Virginia [seal] [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from Mann Page, Jr. to John Page
Creator:
Page, Mann, 1749-1781
Date:
1777-05-19
Description:
Letter from Mann Page Jr. to John Page praising the news of Mr. George Wythe’s promotion to Speaker of the House of Delegates and in turn, lamenting the decision to dismiss Colonel R. H. Lee from Congress.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Page, Mann, 1749-1781, Page, John, 1744-1808--Correspondence, Page, John, 1744-1808
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Edisto River (S.C.)
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
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600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
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