<br /> Lee Letter: b406

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Cousin,

I find by your last that you had not received my last, when yours was written – In mine I had given you a precise statement of the business relative to the Seat of Government – It is an affair in which I have been so much agitated & so often disappointed by the very extraordinary detours of the friends to this place, that the very thought of it realy sickens me, and I now write on the subject merely to oblige you – And now I can only say that my best belief is, that we shall be chained here for a great length of time – The present 1uestion is, whether we shall adjourn to Baltimore – but this, like the rest, will, I think terminate in staying here, which God in his infinite mercy forbid – Give my love to my much esteemed friend your father and say that I have presented his order to Mr. Wincoob who promises to consider of it & thinks he will provide the money before we adjourn, which seems now to promise not to be before September – The present great dispute is, whether the debts of the United States shall be funded at 4 or at 6 per Cent – The former is your friends opinion, & there is some reason to think it will prevail. My love to my friends with you and be assured that I am

Richard Henry Lee

If the funding Bill succeeds, the Salary proposed for the State Commissioner of Pensylva. is 1500 dollars annually – Mr. Smith will have my Vote –

19 June. Since writing as on the other side a dawn of hope presents for our yet going to Philadelphia – But you shall hear more of this so soon as we have tried our new experiment – Remember me to the Angel Group in Chestnut Street.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 528 – 29.