<br /> Lee Letter: b400

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Charles Lee

My dear Sir,

I have omitted writing to you being uncertain where you were, and therefore waited your return to Alexa I now congratulate you on the birth of your daughter, and the prosperous state of both Mother & child. Molly writes me that the Child is very pretty. Our President is so well recovered from a dangerous illness as that he proposes tomorrow to ride out if the day is good. We have had a most Morbid season in this City, and it still continues – many have fallen sacrifices & myself had nearly gone to visit my fathers. I thank God that my health & strength are greatly restored. I hope that my Bale & paper parcel by the Rachel, Capt. Blakeney, are by this time safely at Chantilly. When I was here in the year 1787 I desired Mr. Greenleaf the Printer of the N. York Journal to send Me his Newspaper – he says he has regularly done so ever since, & to your care as desired – He has accordingly charged me with 3 years Gazettes – I told him that I had not received them, nor did I believe that you had – He still insisted on having sent them, but said that on writing to you, if you replied to me that they had not come to you, he would give it up – ’Tis certainly hard on him, if he sent them; and certainly hard on me who got them not, to pay for them – However, if you have received them I will pay for them with great pleasure. Let me know, if you please, how this is? Has Coffee yet fallen to 1s./ & have you purchased for us both as proposed? The India Ships begin to arrive – one is already here & three more expected at this port within the Month – The Secretary of the Treasury tells me that he has written a Circular Letter stating that when Vessels go from one district to another in the Same State and call or come to a part of the District where no Collector or N. officer resides, that they are at liberty to land goods without going to the Office for a permit – This you know was ever my opinion – But now, I suppose, Vessels going up & down Potomac from one district to another will be in no difficulty about landing our Things at Nomony, witht. going to Yeocomico for permit –

As you will probably hear frequently from Chantilly, I shall thank you for dropping me a line of information now & then how they all are there – I am very sincerely

your most affectionate friend.

Richard Henry Lee

P.S. Where is your brother Harry, S how does his Mrs. Lee – I want to write to him, but have understood that he was at some Springs in the Western Country.

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Emmet CollectionLenox Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 518 – 20.