<br /> Lee Letter: n247

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: a Friend in London

Dear Sir,

This Letter I hope will find you perfectly recover’d from your Virginia
fever, & the fatigues of the Voyage. I have not been in Virga.
since we parted, & have not been able to hear any thing of your
affairs. While the present distractions continue you will not expect I
dare say to receive much in the remittance way, however I have written
to Esqr. Lee to push your principal creditors, & remit what he can
get from them. I have paid Doctor Fauntleroys acct here, for which I
have drawn on Mr. Lee. As the difference between the Ministry &
America is not likely soon to be settled, I suppose the price of tobo.
will be high in London this winter, by which means you will make a
saving voyage. If you can find an opportunity, shall be glad to receive
acct. sales & acct. current. Is it high treason to correspond upon
mercantile business?1 Poor old England how
is it degradedl You will see the news in the public papers. Mrs. Lee
joins me in wishing you & our friends on Tower Hill, health &
happiness.2

Francis Light. Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Virginia Historical Society.

1 An allusion to the king’s proclamation of August 23, 1775, forbidding
correspondence with those in rebellion in North America. Am.
Archives, 4th ser. 3:240 – 1.

2 For the continuation of this letter, see Lee to a Friend in London,
December 11, 1775,