<br /> Lee Letter: b333

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

I hope my dear Cousin has returned to Phila. brim full of health and Law – But say, is it law, or is it the study of law alone, that is inconsistent with the duties of friendship? There must be something in the way, or it never could have happened that I should not have received a letter from you in so great length of time – My silence could not be the cause, As your humanity would readily find an apology for me in my very ill state of health – The Holker cause was not tried it seems, but the Election strife is over, and I wish to know the event, as well in other places as Phila – Nor will it be unentertaining to know something of the Manœuvres of the contending parties – Curse & doubly curse the Algerines for these Pirates I fear have too certainly made war on our Commerce – Paul Jones from L’Orient informs us that Monsr. Soulanges letter was there & its contents believed – These Infernals having put all the Commercial nations of Europe under contribution, except Portugal – The trade of Portugal with Ours, is all that remains for them to Plunder – Several years ago, your worthy Father sent me a Dutch Fan to Virginia, and now the Skreens of it are all worn out – I shall thank you exceedingly for getting a new Sett of the different finesses made for me by the best hand according to the enclosed measure; that I may take them with me to Virginia as I pass thro your City on the 11th or 12 of next month – My Mrs. writes me that she must & will have a handsome Bread Tray for serving bread to Table, also a Basket proper for holding clean plates, and one for foul plates – Now you must be informed that this demand comes from too high Authority for me to venture neglecting it – therefore I must again put your friendship to Work, to find these out, genteel ones, and that they may be ready to go by Mr. Crump who I expect will return to Phila. early in next month by Water – I hope to see my Gun & Pistols here handsomely repair’d before the 5th. of next month – My best love attends the whole family & that at Germantown – And I pray God to have you in his holy keeping – farewell.

Richard Henry Lee

Put the Doctor in mind of my Gum rubrum astringens Gambiense – for it is the Sheet Anchor of my health –


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 392 – 93.