<br /> Lee Letter: b424

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Lee

My dear Brother,

You will receive enclosed Capt. Sheppards bill of Loading for 24 Windsor Chairs, a box of dry goods and a Keg of Tea – The contents of the box are noted on a paper also enclosed. I have addressed these things to Mr. James Young of Gosport as you desired, and I have written to him to pay the freight when delivered, & to forward them with all expedition to Williamsburg. Sheppard has promised me to call & deliver them, with some things for myself. This Vessel belongs properly, either to Petersburg or Richmond, and the Skipper appears to be a careful Man – I have sent Mr. Young a duplicate bill of Loading – will, as you desire, deliver the Conveyance of my Potomac Share to the Agent of the company as I pass thro Alexandria, and forward to you, when I have time, a copy of it. We shall adjourn before the last of this Month –

The president has refused his Assent to the Bill apportioning Representatives by applying the Ratio to the Aggregate number of people in the U.S. as Unconstitutional, so that now that business must be put on its proper footing, to the great regret of those North of us who have used infinite pains to carry their plan thro the houses – The further assumption of State debts has been Negatived in the H. of R. but still they mean to make another effort – I hope to be at home by the 10th. of May at furthest.

Yours affectionately.

Richard Henry Lee


Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 549 – 50.