<br /> Lee Letter: b360

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: – – – –

My dear Sir,

I thank you for the information that thro my brother I have received from you of the health of my family – but my satisfaction was much allayed by the account of your fathers illness. I hope however that on your return from London you may have it in your power to relieve us by intelligence of his recovery –

In my last letter to your brother of Stratford I mentioned a request to you that I will here repeat, least that letter should not have reached him before you left Westmoreland – I requested him to inform you that when my first quarter ended, which would be on the 13th. of September, I should, thro you, forward my account to the Treasurer of that quarters wages, with an account also, of what should be due at the close of the federal year in November, which will be about £112. our currency – And requesting that you would be so good as make provision for making me a remittance of that sum when you should receive my accounts aforesaid. This, I think was the plan proposed to me by the Treasurer before I left Virginia –

Since the affair of Mr. Morris’s protests, I apprehend that it will not be easy to get Cash here for bills on Virginia – And therefore it was that I requested the favor of you to contrive a remittance to me here – and I suggested the probability of being supplied with a good hill on this City by Murray & Co. in Alexandria the half of which house resides in this Town – But this I leave to your judgement, observing always that a draft payable here will suit me better than on Philadelphia, and the fewer days sight the better – How did the Crops appear when you left Westmoreland, or have we, in the Northern Neck been favored with any of the plentiful rains that have refreshed this part of the world? –

You will see all the news that we have, retailed in the public papers, so that I need not trouble you with that – For four or 5 weeks after my first arrival here we were fully employed with business in Congress – for a few days past a cessation has taken place by the sickness of some members, the inattention of others, and by some going to the Convention – In a few days we expect 8 or 9 States – The Report of the Convention is expected in Congress about a fortnight hence, and great are the public expectations concerning it – Tis expected that a federal Legislature of 3 branches will be recommended, with independent powers, and supreme for external matters, Revenue, & Commerce – with an Executive well toned and of reasonable duration – I wish you every happiness and am very sincerely

your affectionate friend and Kinsman.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Charles Roberts Autograph CollectionHaverford College

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 432 – 33.