<br /> Lee Letter: b407

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew.

I am not unwilling to be indebted to you because I am sure of having a merciful Creditor – And so I acknowledge myself your debtor for two letters, that which covered Ellwoods receipt, and your last of the 17th instant –

Your goodness will take this, I hope, as a discharge for both – If I were to attempt the detail of all the Votes, Manœuvres, & detours that have perplexed Congress upon the business of Residence, I should tire both you and myself – Let this therefore remain for conversation hereafter. At present I think that a very fair prospect opens for our being with you next Session – I think it right that it should be so, and therefore you may be sure that my efforts shall not be wanting.

From the first of our meeting in 1774 to the present minute there has never been any altercation between the gentleman you mention and myself, but on the contrary, perfect civility and good humor – But such is the temper of the times, that if a Man believes a twentieth part of what he hears he will believe more than enough – The bracelet makers charge is right, 20 dollars being the sum agreed for – And the ballance of the money you had from me over the 20 dollars is to go to the payment of the Iron that Ellwood carries – According to the price stated by the Iron-monger to me it will be sufficient, but if not, I will pay the ballance – You will present me as a Homage at the Shrine of your beauties, and perhaps they will not think themselves the less powerful or commanding homage from the old as well as the young since Homer (a great Judge of human nature) has celebrated the beauty of his Helen by making the Sages of Troy confess that a ten years war might well be supported for the acquisition of beauty like hers – Present my love where you know I place it – Your affectionate friend and Uncle.

Richard Henry Lee

Mr. Wyncoob has not spoke further to me about your fathers order – perhaps he waits for the close of the Session –


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 529 – 30.