<br /> Lee Letter: b056

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Lee

Dear Brother,

Your favors by the Eliza and Mr. Wigginton have come safely to hand. That by Capt. Curtis I have not received, altho he sailed with Greig, who arrived here four days ago. As I expected would be the case, the James river company declare off from assisting the Eliza in any manner, and she was yesterday expected hourly at her moorings at Hobb’s Hole, to load in Rappahanock. Colo. Loudon & myself have agreed to push this Ships load with the united efforts of both rivers Potomac & Rappahanock in order to get her her away without demurrage, which we expect to do. When the Potomac ship arrives, we also agreed to forward her from both rivers likewise. The Rappahanock ship could easily have been dispatched in time without aid from Potomac, if her late coming, her size, and our earnestness lately, to make remittances quickly as possible, had not occasioned our urging into Mitchell & the Noble Bounty, all the Tobo. we could get, before Capt. Brown arrived. However I hope she will not be detained. I think the two Ships above named will have about 200 hhds of Tobo. for you, among which number, in Mitchell are three hdds shipt by Lee & Rayson, which are to be put to credit of the servants consignment in the Liberty last spring. I suppose our brother Loudon has written you fully about the James river bussiness. I do not like it, and I wish you fairly disengaged. When I drew that bill on you in favor of Mr. Russell, I never meant the least possible distress to you, or one uneasy moment, and I shall be perfectly satisfied with its fate. The Treasurer writes that he has got bills and remitted you all your money in his hands, so that he could not supply Loudon with an hundred pounds sterling which the latter had agreed you should advance for Thomas Turner esq: on his consignment of 40 hhds Tobo. to you in Mitchell. To prevent Mr. Turner drawing on you, he gets that money from me, and has already received £100 currency, the bal. he is to have in a few days. In the payment made Turner there were 329 dollars, which to avoid the high exchange, I was going to ship to you in Mitchell, when we fell on the above plan, agreeing that you should allow me, what that number of dollars may be worth in London when Mitchell arrives, which from what I have heard, I hope may be 47s/10d sterling apiece. Added to what these 329 dollars may be so worth, you are to credit me also for the further difference between such value and £100 Sterlg. and this whole sum, if you please, is to go to credit of my bill on you to Russell. Notwithstanding the large sums. I have due to me, and in good hands, I have not been able to make a better remittance before now. – But I shall still continue pressing and remitting, until we are upon the square. Mr. Turner may be a very valuable correspondent, and I recommend him strongly to your attention. I have not yet heard of our exchange being higher than 30. As I shall soon write again no more business now. Give my love to the Doctor and say I shall write him soon, and that I hope to hear of his being in the H. of Commons for the City of London next Parl<t> I do not know how the Livery may determine, but I <trust> ch<oo>se Wilkes & Bull in the contest for Mayoralty. <O>ur best love to Mrs. Lee – My little Woman has brought me another daughter. Mrs. Washington of Wakefield & Mrs. Ha<rr>ison of Eagle’s nest are both dead. Farewell,

Yours forever.

R. H. Lee

P.S. In your last Account current you omit by mistake to credit me with Thos. Montgomeries bill of exchange remitted you 8 June 1771 for £9 – sterling. It went at the time I finished with Bently by a small bill on you.


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Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 100 – 102. Addressed to Lee in London and sent by Capt. Mitchell of the Argo. Endorsed as received 22 February and answered 23 February 1774.