<br /> Lee Letter: b344

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew

The Bread Basket, the plate warmer, the Boat, and the Box have all Safely arrived. By the coming of the two former I have escaped a scouring, and your character is established for polite attention and punctuality. For Mrs. Lee says “tis true they are not exactly the things sent for, but they are pretty and I am contented. Especially as a proper Wicker China plate Basket may hereafter be sent.”

Thus you see my dear Sir that a foundation is laid for further employment. For I am bound to take hints without waiting for express desires. I am therefore to request that you will be upon the lookout for such a basket and send it forward by the first opportunity. I note the cost of those already sent and will Shortly forward to you a Bill on Philadelphia for their Value and the supposed Cost of the basket now written for. My amanuensis says that Mr. Shippen may send us a pair of craping irons, and so say I, if he pleases. A severe and painful attack of the Gout in my right hand prevents me from using it at present but even the Gout must not suffer me to forget to assure you of the Constant affection of this family for you and their other relations in second Street. I am very sincerely,


Richard Henry Lee

P.S. I hope my good friend your father will excuse me for reminding him to send me two or three Ounces of the Butternut Syrup of which I am in great want of.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 409 – 10.