<br /> Lee Letter: b048

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: – –

Dear Sir,

You will receive with this a letter for Mr. Grayson open for your inspection. If on conversation with him you find him disengaged, seal and deliver it. My brother Thomas and myself conversing on the subject, think it will be quite prudent to get the Attornment of those Tenants on Colo. Geo. Lee’s land claimed by Grymes, as soon as possible; even before a survey can be made, that we may proceed after that to publicly counteract Mr. Grymes’s advertisement, thereby to prevent that title which an innocent Purchaser from Grymes without notice might set up against us. You may therefore my dear Sir most essentially serve the son of your deceased friend by the following method. When visiting your plantations soon, go to the several Tenants placed on the land, let them Know the land belongs to us, and get their obligations to pay annually a very small rent, assuring them that the Executors have empoyered you to say that they will not remove them whilst the Heir is under age, and he is young, but that we expect the Heir may give them Leases when he comes of age. Those who refuse will certainly be Ejected when we survey the land as we intend to do in a short time. I leave to you the fixing the rent, which should be low in order to en age the submission and friendship of the Tenants. This is a point of much consequence to the Child, and therefore let me entreat you to get it done as soon as possible, and this I hope may be effected without much trouble to you as the land in dispute joins your Salisbury plain Quarters.

Our best regards to Mrs. Lee & the children.

I am dear Sir your affectionate friend and Kinsman.

R. H. Lee

P.S. It may not be amiss to sound the Tenants and
get as good rents in the meantime as they will willingly
pay.

Notes:

Owned (1914) by Joseph Packard, who made the trancription. Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 80 – 81. Endorsed “Decr. Richd Henry Lee’s Letr & Mr. Masons Opinion about Lancelot Lees Land Claimed by Philip Ludwell Gryymes Esqre.”