<br /> Lee Letter: b268

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Cousin,

I wrote to you very fully by yesterdays post in answer to your favor of the 17th., and I beg your attention to that letter. By the return of Colo. Mercer you may, perhaps, be enabled to give me some account of your negotiation with Mr. Lee, and whether my horses can probably go to Virginia safely in the Stage. Will you be so kind as to get your Taylor (now become mine also) to procure for me a pattern of the very best black silk Net breeches – with Silk garters, proper buttons, sewing silk, and every material, lining excepted, (which I can get here,) necessary for making up the breeches. The Taylor from having seen me may well guess at the sized pattern that will fit me – Thighs long but not large – I wish the silk to be fine, stout, & strong – for I have seen some of these patterns that I would not give one Copper for. I will send the Taylor his money immediately on receiving his bill of cost, and thank him to boot for making a good choice of a Pattern. Mr. Barthol should make the breeches for me in preference to any other Man, if I were not apprehensive that having never measured me, he could not fit me, and I am very particular about my breeches – So that I must content myself with getting them made by an inferior hand here, as I am in present want. Col Mercer will be so obliging as to bring up the parcel for me.

My best love is presented to your father, mother, & Sister – Remember me to the old Gentleman, and to Mr. Blake. I am my dear Cousin

Your most affectionate Uncle & friend.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 301 – 2.