<br /> Lee Letter: b342

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew.

The Saturday sennight after I left you brought me safe to this place where I have the happiness to find all well – Our felicity would be complete indeed if our Philadelphia friends made part of our Circle – I am not without hopes that it may one day or other be the case. Already I treasure up your promise of visiting these parts before you cross the Atlantic. You have numerous friends here who will all rejoice to see you, and the fine sparkling black eyes of little Frank will glisten wonderfully at the beautiful blue eyes of his fair cousin Peggy Livingston – Whether or not my health will permit my return to Congress next year is a question that I dare not undertake to answer yet – Neither my favorite little Boat or the Box that I left at your house with part of my baggage are yet arrived here, nor have we heard a tittle of the Vessel (Mr. Wyncoop & Seaman’s) that was to have sailed with them the Sunday after left you! Where is the Vessel & where are my things – if they yet remain in Phila. the Vessel commanded by a Capt. Stewart that lays at Arch Street Wharf will bring & land them for me at Zachary Weavers where he landed the Plaster of Paris. he is Stationary Vessel between Alexandria & Phila. The plate & the Bread Baskets, bless me, the most important of all because commanded by the highest authority, as all Married men know, which pleasing influence will in due Season be felt by my friend to whom I write – The non arrival of these baskets has been imputed to accident, for says she, Mr. Shippen is polite and exact, so that no omission can possibly have arisen from him. I agree that it is so. And we resolve to expect them by the first fair wind. The Skreens too for my Dutch fan that I was at such pains to send the measures, of, unfortunately I forgot in my haste. And now my Fan is quite useless for want of the Skreens. I pray you my dear Cousin to let these things be sent expeditiously, together with two or three ounces of the Butter Nut Syrup that your worthy father promised to procure for me. By means of a Mr. Thomson Merchant here from your City I can & will order you payment for these things the Moment that I know their cost – The Roll or two of narrow pink Ribbon for Molly’s Tambour is also much wanted – We all here join most cordially in love and compliments to your whole family – And I pray you not to forget my best affections for the Old Doctor when you see him – God bless you,


Richard Henry Lee

Letters for me may come for the present, (either by water), or by post, to the care of my Son Thomas Lee at Dumfiies.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 406 – 8.