<br /> Lee Letter: b396

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew

I must begin by assuring you that I am yet much too unwell to write with any ease to myself – but having this day received your favor of the 4th Inst. I conceive myself bound to make an apology for entertaining a doubt that you could for a moment cease to feel the obligations of friendship. I shall expect the protest from Stephenson, and hope soon to hear from you that Mr. Graham has carried on the bracelets –

The Anvil &c stands right, but I think the Iron Monger who furnishes the Bar Iron should be expostulated with for demanding more of me because I prefer laying out my money in Phila. than I can here get the very best Swedish bar Iron & even the best Pennsylva. Iron. I hope therefore that he will think no more of asking an advance because I take only a quarter of a Ton. Should he agree, and the Vessel going to carry my brothers Plaster of Paris will agree to land my few bars & Nail Rods at my plantation at Hallows’s Marsh just after he passes the Mouth of Nomony on the South Shore opposite Blackstones Island, Where my Overseer Mr. Moxley will receive it & give him a Receipt – In such case Ship it by that Vessel, or else let it remain a little longer – Take the Captains bill of Loading for the things he takes on my account – N. York is at present a perfect Hospital – few are well & many very sick – Among the latter is unfortunately placed our most worthy P. of the U.S –

You know how strong my private predilections arc for P. You know how very sincerely I love many there & at German-Town – Therefore you may well suppose that the cause must be very potent that will withhold my voice from what will promote her prosperity – My love to our Common friends

Your affectionate Uncle.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 514 – 15.