<br /> Lee Letter: b286

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

How has it happened that My dear Cousin hath not yet informed me how he and his companion the good Doctor escaped the perils of that dreadful frost that enveloped all nature when they left Trenton. I suppose that contemplating the Belles of Philadelphia kept the heart in such vigorous motion as to counteract all the severity of winter –

I have twice seen my sweet little Cousin Peggy Livinston since my arrival here – She is very pretty and very chatty, & loves her Uncle mightily – She promises to come to see me often when I get in the Presidents House, which will be this week, having hired Mrs. Franklins house in the street where little Peggy lives –

It is a very elegant House, and provided with every accommodation – I think that little Peggy is very much like her picture in your fathers House –

Mr. De Barthold has by this time I suppose rigged me out in such a manner as to convert the old President into a young Beau – Very well, if for the good of my Country I must be a Beau, why I will be a Beau – Colo. Monroe is returned, and is now in this City, & so is Colo. Spaight, so that I shall probably not get my clothes soon unless the kind Doctor is so good as to bring them –

My best love attends your father, Mother & Sister – God bless you – farewell.

Richard Henry Lee

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Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 322 – 23.