1811.054: Oration by Richard Bland Lee commemorating Birth of Washington.

Published: 1811

Full Title: An oration, delivered by Richard Bland Lee, Esq. at the request of the Washington Society, on the 22d February last, in commemoration of the birth of Washington

Author: Lee, Richard Bland (1761-1827).

Place Issued: Alexandria

Issuing Press: Samuel Snowden

Description: 20 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Lee was a one of the influential brothers born at Leesylvania in Prince William County to Capt. Henry Lee and Lucy Grymes; he served as the first U.S. congressman from the district for northern Virginia and then as a member of the Virginia Assembly; brother Charles Lee (1758–1815) served as U.S. Attorney General under both Washington and Adams; eldest brother Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (1756–1818) was a cavalry officer in Washington's army who served as governor of Virginia and fathered Confederate general Robert E. Lee (1807-70). Here, Lee was a visible connection to Washington's leadership cadre, now fast fading from the public scene, so an apt choice to speak at the Society's annual celebration. Imprint states: "Alexandria: Printed by S. Snowden, at the office of the Alexandria Daily Gazette., March, 1811."

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