<br /> Lee Letter: b214

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Henry Laurens

My dear Friend

In the letter which I expect you will receive with this I had forgotten to mention an affair to you in which your friendship may avail my sons – I expect that they are arrived from France in the fleet now at Rhode Island, and I expect that they will find great difficulty in getting their baggage safely transported from thence to this place – Young and of course too confiding they may leave what is at this time very important, all their baggage with some worthless low Quartermaster by which it may be plundered or lost – Should it come in this line, your interference with some one of the principals in that department may secure the safe conveyance of it to my brother in law Dr. Shippen in fourth street Philadelphia – Or perhaps it might get more quickly and safely to the same place by means of the Ships that will I suppose be frequently coming to the Delaware from R. Island for provisions for the fleet. A line from the Minister would secure that – And indeed it would be in every respect the best way for my Sons to get to Philadelphia – if Sir you should hear of my sons arrival at R.I. will you do me the favor to write to them, or either of them on this subject, and give them your advice and direction – Both them and myself will be highly obliged to you for so doing. A relation of mine, Mr. William Lee, who landed at Boston in the course of last summer, committed his baggage to the Quartermasters department to be brot to Philadelphia, but he has never heard of it since, and he is in much distress for want of his cloaths – it will be a great favor to him if you can assist him to recover his baggage by your application to some of the Generals in that line. You observe I apply to you with that little reserve that a man will always do to a person on whose friendship he relies implicitly. I pray heaven Sir, that the same fortune which has lately been so injurious to you, may shortly make you ample restitution – I should be confident of succeeding in my wish if this Diety were not blind – As it is I hope there is a good chance – I am, with the sincerest esteem and regard my dear Sir your affectionate and obliged friend.

Richard Henry Lee


Laurens CorrespondenceLong Island Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 194 – 95. Addressed to Laurens, “Member of Congress at Philadelphia,” and endorsed “rec’d 7th August – Answd. 8th.”