<br /> Lee Letter: b321

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew.

When I wrote you last monday, I had been under so severe an affliction by the Gouty matter attacking my Bowels for some days, that I was quickly reduced very low – So that if a change had not taken place, the consequences would certainly have been very bad – I am happy however now to inform you that a change has taken place so much for the better as to render it not necessary for you to postpone the sending of my Chair here to me by water – I have only to observe that the sooner you can properly do this, consistently with my former observations on the subject, it will be the better – Give my love to yr worthy father & tell him that it was forgetfulness altogether that occasioned me to omit returning by Mr. Harrison the Money that he was so kind as to advance to the Servant, but it shall be done by the next opportunity. Remember me most affectionately to all the family

farewell.

Richard Henry Lee

P.s. Since my former letter in answer to your last I have spoken with Mr. Secretary Jay and he assures me that he sent by the first Packet that sailed after the Act of Congress passed a Notification to Dr. Franklin that he had leave to retire – How causeless then, & how improper was a censure placed on me in whose department it was not, and when he in whose line it was, had actually done it?! –

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Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 374 – 75.