<br /> Lee Letter: b352

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My very dear Cousin,

Since I parted with you and my other dear friends in Philadelphia in the fall of 1785 I have been agreeably employed in family cares and domestic concerns – This pleasant life, with much attention to my health, has restored it beyond my hopes; but yet not so firmly as to promise the power of again engaging largely with public affairs – Perhaps I may venture to Congress during the course of the coming Summer. I feel & see the unhappy state of public affairs that you describe, but I hope for amendment – We have everywhere young Men coming forward with worth and talents that promise good things –

In May next a Convention is to meet at Philadelphia for the purpose of amending our foederal Constitution – from this source perhaps we may derive some good. From the Herald’s Office in London you may get the most perfect information concerning our family before some of them came here, and I think that my eldest brother did lodge with the office an account of that part of the family that came here – You Uncle A. Lee, who is now here, tells me that Mr. Wm. Lee did get from the Heralds Office a very complete account of the family – The book you allude to is in the possession of Mr. Fendall who married my brother’s widow, & he is at present not in the Country. The elder branch of our family lives now in Shropshire near Shrewsbury and possesses undiminished the old original family Estate – I daresay that he will be glad to see you when you travel that way, and he becomes acquainted with your extraction. I received the Stockings and Socks, that you were so good as to send me, with double pleasure, because they gave me such additional proof of your friendship, and because they are so admirably fitted for the purpose they were intended. I have worn them ever since with great satisfaction – I hope my dear friend that you will continue your agreeable correspondence, it will be a great comfort to me in my retirement. But above all, I hope you will not forget your promise of coming to see us on your return to America. I assure you that I contemplate that time with great delight. Will you give my best respects to the worthy Bishop of Chester when you see him and inform him that I never received the letter he was pleased to write me by my Beverley – The Gentleman took such measures as did indeed seem secure for conveying the Letter, but it miscarried by accident – I wish also to be affectionately remembered to my friend Edmund Jennings Esqr. – If any very valuable and well approved Books in any Science (if they be not very [dear] indeed) shall make their appearance, be so good as send them to me, and on your application to my Merchant in London Mr Thomas Blane he will pay you the money for them. Farewell my dear Cousin and that you may be happy and return safely to your native Country

is the prayer of your affectionate Uncle & friend.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 417 – 19. Endorsed as sent to Shippen “in London.?