<br /> Lee Letter: b271

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Cousin,

I have received your kind letter of the 28th. ulto. with the materials for breeches, all in good order, and I return you & the Council my very grateful acknowledgements – But how has it happened that Mr. de Barthold has omitted to say what I owe him for these materials – Men of address in his way can find means to signify such things without giving offence. It is unlucky that my letter missed the favorable opportunity of going by Col. Johnston – But since it is so, be so good as retain the letter until an opportunity equally good shall offer. I rely very much upon your goodness to contrive my horses back to Alexandria for me as quickly as possible, but why have you lost sight of the sending them by the Stage, if my friend Lee will interest himself about them? I do most sincerely wish that the old Gentleman could be prevailed on to come to Congress – Wisdom & firmness will not hurt that honorable body, wise as it is – My best love always attend the family God bless you

farewell –

Richard Henry Lee


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 307 – 8.