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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Mrs. Hannah Corbin                                        London 18 March 1766

Esteemd Friend


This serves to Cover you Sales of the 4 Hhds: Tobacco per the Peggy Capn: Todd for their proceeds your Acct: credit on £33.6.2 I am really sorry you did not Ship all your Tobacco because the prices are good and I assure you it would give me great pleasure to Correspond upon agreable terms, it really does not sute me to go into large Cash Advances neither can I continue them as far as I can oblige you I readily will and I See very plainly that Mr. John Bland (my Son) wou’d do so too, and will endorse your Draft to the Amount of what Tobacco you ship to me, and as Capn: Wylie is now going [out?] in the Ranger to Load in Potomack. I flatter myself you will Oblige me wth: your Tobacco the present prices are £2/4 to 3 and I hope will keep up untill after he arrives here I am

Your Real Friend John Bland

This day the King went to the House of Lords & gave his Royal assent to the Bill that Repeals the American Stampt Act. The Universal Joy that diffuses itself thro’ all Ranks of People is more difficult to be express’d, than the good Effects of this Benign Act, to the Commercial Interest of these Dominions. I Sincerely Congratulate you on this important Occasion which at once removes a real & general Grievance, restores Tranquillity to America, gives new Life to expiring Trade & Thus establishes Peace & Harmony between this Kingdom & her Colonies.




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.036



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 14

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