<br /> Lee Letter: b179

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: James Lovell

DEAR SIR,

The packets that will be delivered you herewith are just put into my hands from France. – I have hired an express upon the best terms I possibly could to carry them to Philadelphia – He is a sober, honest, careful Man, who will I am sure take the greatest care of the dispatches. I have agreed that he shall receive from you, as Chairman of the Committee of Foreign affairs, one hundred pounds lawful, besides his expences to and from Philadelphia – He is a very frugal person and will moderate his expences by all possible means. ‘Tis 250 miles from hence to Philadelphia, and will take 12 or 14 days to go & return – I do not think his demand is unreasonable & I could engage no other – I am dear Sir

your obliged & obedient Servant.

Richard Henry Lee

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Addressed to Lovell at Philadelphia as chairman of the committee of foreign affairs. Endorsed “Aug 13th. 1779 R. H. Lee recd. 27th.” Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 117.