<br /> Lee Letter: b420

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Lee Shippen

My dear Nephew,

The letter that you had the goodness to write to me on the 11th. instant. I received last evening – We all here join in thanking you for the happiness created among us by your information of the health of your Lady, yourself, and my dear Sister & brother your father and mother. It was but one copy of Anderson’s history of Commerce that I desired, having no possible occasion for more. And this Copy may remain at Philadelphia until I come there, which now I expect will be about the 10th. of November, when I suppose that forms will have subsided into business; the first day of the Session being the last day of October, it may be hoped that 10 days will be sufficient for the important negotiation of compliments – I am now to beg a favor of you which I hope you will have the goodness to execute for me. To engage for me a decent Lodging and as convenient to the State house as possible, that my gouty feet may sustain no injury from the wintry weather. If it can well be done, I should prefer getting my Meals where I lodge, & you will please to remember that Charles is to be provided for also. The time for entering, to be when I arrive, which I design to be about the 10th. of November. I shall thank you very much for sending me a line to be left at Charles Lee’s esqr. in Alexandria until I pass there, informing me where my lodgings are that I may go there directly on my arrival – It will suit me well if I can hire room for 2 horses and find provender myself – And if you think that this last can be better procured now than when I come, you will greatly oblige me by engaging both Oats & Hay for my 2 horses for the probable length of the Session – The Cash shall be paid immediately on my arrival.

How are the Mighty fallen, indeed? It is not easy for a Mind of sensibility not to feel for the King & Queen of France – for the latter especially. I think with you, that few traces of wisdom are to be found in that attempt – but it is difficult to judge without knowing all circumstances. I must confess that I am not yet so hardened with politicks as to have lost humanity. Nor am I ashamed to own that I begin to be heartily sick of politicks & politicians.

I think that generally speaking, the former may be called the Science of fraud-and the latter, the Professors of that Science.

We are not here behind my dear Niece in love of her & her Sociable & amiable manners – To her, to your good Father Mother & Sister we present our best affections. I am, with the truest affection

yours always.

Richard Henry Lee

P.S. You may see that my hand has illy recovered the overset of last Spring.


Shippen Collection###

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 543 – 44. Addressed to Thomas Lee Shippen “at Dr Shippens in fourth Street Philadelphia.”