<br /> Lee Letter: b410

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew –

Your letter of the 4th. I received this day, and whatever may be the opinion of others with respect to me, I am happy to find that yours, which I much value, states me as I realy am – Not suffering private regards to supplant public duty – I think that whilst I live I shall never forsake this principle –

It was not difficult to foresee that all the arts of division practised in the Senate would be repeated in the H. of R. and so, this day, the first that they entered upon the consideration of our bill, has been wasted in debate upon a proposed amendment to substitute Baltimore for Potomac Рno question yet taken upon that РTomorrow will probably be passed in determining whether N.Y. shall be preferred to Phila. Р&c. &c. &c. РOur friends seem determined hereafter to prevent the Adversary’s stratagem for delay & division, by letting them talk and the former be contented with voting РThus perhaps, this troublesome business may be ended on thursday when it is expected that the bill will be carried by a Majority of one or two at least РShould this Bill succeed it will be a very strong proof of the prevalence of truth over its contrary Рfor every art that can be devised has been practised to overcome truth and public convenience РStratagem in every shape Рthreats of Mob РSeverance of the Union РAnd even beauty has condescended to aid a misjudged policy in this business Рfor this day the House has been crouded with Ladies, as much as to say, as you Vote, so will we smile РA severe trial for susceptible minds РAnd a very unfair (if I may say that Ladies can do any thing unfair) whilst the Abundant beauty of Philadelphia had not an equal opportunity of shewing its wishes РMay heaven protect you & us all РYours affectionately.

Richard Henry Lee

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Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 531 – 32.