<br /> Lee Letter: b175

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Whiple

My dear Sir,

My indisposition prevented my replying to your favor of the 11th by last post, and I am now very unwell but will no longer delay thanking you. We are much obliged to the Marine Committee for their attention, I see the frigates have taken and sent in two prizes, vessels of war. – The other frigate you mention would no doubt have been of considerable service – I am very apprehensive with you that her freight will not be ready for some time – Not until other goods come to replace – I hope the goods coming will be really good, and not such miserable, pernicious stuff, as that to be reproved. Worse goods cannot come, so that a change bids fair to be beneficial – God send it may quickly take place – Fancy the “Ugly instrument” is considerably hurt by the dressing lately given by our assembly – The oath anti-commercial ordered to be taken – Pray inform me if you can if the Base viol has groaned it out. I had thought it would stick in the throat not from principal but from fear. No doubt “the old Game” will continue to be played whilst the old set continue where they are. The best and most faithful friends of America must be extricated by the best and most faithful friends of our enemies; and this is the clue to unfold much of what you see. Did you not enjoy some Phizs’ when Dr Lee’s vindication and vouchers were read? Some people will always think it “clearly out of order? to give the public this conviction of their own and their friends criminality. But I trust their will be majority of virtue to do this justice to the Community and to individuals. Shylock should have justice & the law – read the law of Moses, “forty save one.” I fancy you were not much deceived about the budget – I will engage this, that from this opener it will be general deception, unimportant or partified. I have the most heart felt attachment to our Navy & therefore wish to know that the fisheries go on well, and that the Marine Committee are attentive. If the enemy go on burning in this manner their masked friends in – – will never be able to bring us again under British bondage, even this finance and foreign affairs are trifled with abused & go wrong. Col. F. L. Lee is very thankful for your kind remembrance of him and sends his respects. He is not well any more than myself. It is impossible for us to be so, whilst the Cause of America receives such injury from bad men. I hope you do not <mean> to leave Congress soon. You know I am happy to hear from you and you are too much my friend to deny me the happiness. I am yours dear Sir

with most sincere affection

Richard Henry Lee

Remember me to Mr Marchant, Mr Ellery & Mr Sherman.

Notes:

Langdon CollectionHistorical Society of Pennsylvania

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 106 – 7.