etter to the President of Congress, February 18, 1782, expressed himself as more indebted to this officer [Lee] than any other for the advantages gained over the enemy in the operations of the last campaign, and in a letter to Lee himself writes: No man in the progress of the campaign had equal merit with yourself, nor is there one so reported; everybody knows I have the highest opinion of you as an officer, and you know I love you as a friend.
After the British colors were lowered at Yorktown Henry Lee began a civil career which proved to be as great as his military record.
In 1778 he was a member of the convention called in Virginia to consider the ratification of the Federal Constitution.
In the battle of intellectual giants composing that body, with eloquence and zeal he pleaded for its adoption.
By his side, and voting with him on that important question, were such men as James Madison, John Marshall, afterward Chief Justice of the United States, and Edmund Randolph; while in