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...I am as heartily tired of the knavery and stupidity of the generality of mankind as you can be; but it is our duty to stem the Current, as much as we can and to do all the service in our power, to our Country and our friends. The consciousness of having done so, will be the greatest of all rewards. I have very little hope from the present race, they are too much infested with the vices of Britain, but by proper regulations to enlarge the understanding and improve the morals of the rising generation; we may give a fair opportunity to succeeding Patriots, of making their Country flourishing and happy. but this must be the work of Peace. in the meantime, we must struggle with the present degeneracy and present as much of its bad effects, as possible.
— to Richard Henry Lee, 12 Aug, 1778
— Francis Lightfoot Lee
...Mean-ness and wickedness increase daily. If our brothers are not disgraced now, I am sure they will be eer long; for they will always stand in the way of bad men, and no villainy will be left unpracticed to ruin them.
— to Richard Henry Lee, 25 Dec, 1778
— Francis Lightfoot Lee
Give my love to Arthur, tell him I thank him for his letter and hope his mind will be something eased when he finds this Country awake to their rights as Men, and the descendants of Englishmen.
— to William Lee, his brother, July 3, 1774
— Francis Lightfoot Lee
I do not wonder at your disgust at the wickedness and folly of mankind. I have so much of the same feeling; that I am sure, there an be no condition in Life more unhappy, than to be engaged in the management of public affairs, with honest intentions, but hard as the lot is, it must be borne at least till things have got into a tolerable way.
— to Richard Henry Lee, 15 Dec, 1778
— Francis Lightfoot Lee
Indeed, my dear, you must not suppose that I can have any enjoyment in which you have not a share.
— to Rebecca Lee, his wife
— Francis Lightfoot Lee
The people are so vexed at the little attention I have given them that they are determined it seems to dismiss me from their service, a resolution most pleasing to me, for it is so very inconvenient to me that nothing should induce me to take a poll, but a repeated promise to my friends there, enforced by those here who consider me as a staunch friend to Liberty.
— to William Lee, his brother, Jul 18, 1770
— Francis Lightfoot Lee

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