<br /> Lee Letter: n203

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

The period for payment of the second Instalment of your Bond is
past, and the first Instalment is only partially complied with. Mr.
Simms note, endorsed by you for $1000, is protested at the Bank, where it was deposited for collection.

It, Cannot be more unpleasant for you to hear, than for me to remind you of
these things, but it is necessary for me to do so, and to express a
hope that some vigorous measures are in train to fulfil your engagement
with me. My own want requires it. For depending upon this fund, and
induced thereto by my manager’s statement of the utility of the
measure, I have encountered a considerable expence in building a large
Distillery (at my Mill) providing Stills, &ca. &ca.; and shall
be unable to carry it on without cash to purchase the Grain that is
requisite for this purpose. Let me entreat you to believe, that at the
time I entered into the contract with you for the property I held in
the Dismal Swamp, I had no conception of such disappointments, and that
it is a mode of dealing to which I am not accustomed.

If the purchase money for it, is to be paid in small driblets, instead of
annual Instalments, the value of it will, in a manner, be lost to me:
Yet as I must purchase Corn and Rye, or let my Distillery (now it is
erected) stand idle, I will receive of either, and allow the
Cash price for what you will deliver my landing,
Or, if you think this is too indefinite, I will give the price pr.
Barrel or Bushel that Mr. Burwell Bassett purchases for me at, being
authorised to send me up a Vessel load. In short I am disposed to
accomodate you in any reasonable manner I can, although nothing would
answer my purposes like money, as the business would then be wholly in
my own hands, and I should know my ground

If you are able, and are inclined to furnish me with Corn, or Rye, or both,
say with precision what quantity, and certainty
by what time. And I pray you not to deceive me by erroneous
calculations, either as to the quantity or time of delivery. If you
have neither for sale, I beg to be informed thereof as soon as
possible, as I must be supplied in some manner or another.

With great
regard etc.