<br /> Lee Letter: b296

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Cousin –

Your favor of the 15th. instant I recd. this day, and I delivered the enclosed Almanac to Mr. Hardy who returns you his thanks. Coll Livingston delivered me your letter immediately on his arrival in this City, and I should certainly have answered it long before now, if I had not been prevented by ill health, and great pressure of business. You need not doubt my affectionate attention to you, and I rely upon your goodness always to attribute my silence to good reasons. I am from all parts of the U.S. written to in my private capacity, so that I am at this moment at least 20 letters in arrear to my correspondents – To answer them all punctually would at once destroy my health, and prevent all attention to public business. I do assure you, that the business, and the ceremonies of my office, are too much for my feeble state of health – In your letter with my Cloths you state the Taylors bill at £15.4.6 – Journeyman 7/6 Package 7/6 and additional expence of conveying my horses to Virginia £3.10. making in the whole £19.9.6 – Mr. Wilson has promised me to take charge of this money for you, so that I shall send you by him eleven guineas and a trench crown, making £19.13.4 which will be a ballance in my favor of 3/10, which may perhaps pay for the Socks. I pray you my dear Sir not to forget my Gun & Sword that I left under your care – The first to be cleaned, and the lock to be put in order and prevented from falling at half bent – I wished to know the expence of refitting the Sword – After you left Trenton I saw a Stock buckle in my Ink stand, and enquired about it – it was not known to whom it belonged, but I have remembrance of directing care to be taken of it, altho I have totally forgotten what was done with it, and I now cannot find or hear anything about it – If it should be found I will certainly take good care of it for you.

I have received (and answered) a letter from our friend Mr. F. Corbin – My best affections never fail to attend your father & his family I am my dear Nephew

your sincerely affectionate.

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. 336 – 37.