<br /> Lee Letter: b370

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Augustine Washington

Dear Sir,

I have a bond of the late Colo. Turners for £82.10. dated the 4th. of July 1783 which draws interest from that time, and so the interest due thereon on the 4th. of last July being 4 years, amounts to £16.10.0. I am content to let the principal remain in the hands of the Executors for the present. But you will much oblige me by paying the interest if it be possible to my Overseer. If this cannot be done. As I am among the number of those unfortunate persons who have made but one third of a Crop of Corn, I am under the heavy necessity of purchasing one hundred barrels. Therefore, if you cannot now pay the money, if the estate has Corn to sell, we will, if you please conduct the matter thus. The estate of Miss F. Lee at Hallows’s Marsh, very convenient to me, has Corn to sell. So that I may be supplied with the value in Corn here of £16.10.0 and you may sell as much of Colo. Turners estates Corn as will pay Miss Lees estate. If this is a agreeable to you, we have only to fix the price now of the Market rules to govern both Cases. I can credit this Estate for so much, and you debtor that for the amount of the above interest. Let me have, if you please, an answer by the Bearer. We all here join in best love to you, Lady, & the Children. Affectionately & Sincerely

Yours.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Signers of the Declaration of IndependenceNew York State Library Addressed “Wm. A. Washington Esqr. of Blenheim By – – – – Mr. Geo. Eskridge,” and endorsed “Colo. Richd. H: Lee’s Letter & claim against Colo. Turners Estate.”

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 459.