<br /> Lee Letter: n172

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

My dear Sir:

I thank you for asking my commands to Fredericksburg. It is
not my wish to be your competitor in the purchase of any of Mr. Hunters
tradesmen: especially as I am in a great degree principled against
increasing my number of Slaves by purchase and suppose moreover that
Negroes sold on credit will go high. yet if you are not disposed to buy
the Bricklayer which is advertized for Sale, for your own use, find him
in the vigour of life, from report a good workman and of tolerable
character and his price does not exceed one hundred, or a few more
pounds, I should be glad if you would buy him for me. I have much work
in this way to do this Summer. If he has a family, with which he is to
be sold; or from whom he would reluctantly part I decline the purchase,
his feelings I would not be the means of hurting in the latter case,
nor at any rate be incumbered with the former.

I
am, etc.1

Notes:

1 From the “Letter Book” copy in the Washington
Papers
.