<br /> Lee Letter: b401

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew

Your letter of the 28 of May found me in grief, it having arrived about two hours after the death of our much valued friend Colo. Bland, who departed this life this forenoon after a painful illness of 11 days – It must be so – “Good dyes immature and at its death bequeathing endless pain” – Altho I thought our prospects of meeting at Phila. the next Session were well founded, experience hath so far proved that I was mistaken – To some of your friends I gave it as my opinion, that to prevent the success of intrigue, it would be better not to bring forward the motion until the time of adjourning was come; they thought otherwise, and on the motion being made in Senate, you lost it by a majority of two – For Phila. were N.H. half of Jersey Mr. P – n being against – Pensylva, Delaware, Maryld. and Virginia – Against you, Massachusetts, Connecticut, N.Y – half Jersey – N.E. S.C. & Georgia – A bill was then proposed for fixing both temporary & Permanent Seats – but in the meantime the House of Representatives passed a Resolve with a Majority of 16 to meet at Phila. the next Session – Their resolves & our Bill are both now before the Senate – No man who has sense enough to ballance a straw sees not that the effect of the Bill will operate solely to the purpose of keeping Congress here, where now that Rhode Island has acceded to the Constitution, it will probably remain for 40 years to come. Those, who thro motives of ambition & choose to hazard everything, will I suppose continue to come here, and for me they are welcome to do so. Had our poor friend Bland been well the whole Representation of Virga., in both houses, would have been for Phila – All but him so voted, & he poor Man was ill in bed – I spoke to Mr. Staats Morris as you desired – He said that he had received your letter & that he had answered it – He is now gone to South Carolina having sailed for Charles Town a week ago – I will write to you shortly about our friend A.L. and in the meantime I will thank you for your attention to the bracelets, and the Iron. To all our friends both at Phila. & Germantown I send my love – I am with the truest affection,

your friend & Uncle.

Richard Henry Lee

P.S. Let me know quickly if you receive this letter & when – for as Heaven & Hell are now moved to keep us here, & my sentiments are well known, Curiosity may be prompted to know what I write to you on the subject –

This letter will go from hence tomorrow morning the 2d. June –


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 520 – 21.