<br /> Lee Letter: n382

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Purviance, Jr.

Dear Sir,

I had heared of my loss before yours of the 15th came to hand, and I regret
it the more as Cards, and good ones especially, are not easy to be got.
Those that you speak of, I had interested myself with the Workman at
Wilmington to have of the best kind. I was in hopes that by a strict
enquiry after them, they might yet be found, and spoke to your brother
about having such enquiry made. At all events, Cards are so much wanted
in my family, that I must beg the favor of you to procure for me a good
pair of Cotton and one of Wool against I pass thro Baltimore in my way
to Virginia, which will be in about 8 or 10 days; as my ill state of
health will not admit of my staying long here. You will oblige me Sir
by sending my Cask, that was left with you for me in June last, to
Potomack river by the first good opportunity, and direct it to be
landed at the house of George Turberville esquire, about 20 miles from
the mouth of Potomac on the South side, and about 3 miles above the
mouth of Yeocomico. I would prefer Mr. Crump to any other person for
carrying the Cask, but I would not loose a good opportunity that might
offer sooner. The affair of the Spanish fleet that you mention, we had
heared of some time ago, and at the same time, that since the death of
the King of Portugal, all differences were made up between the two
Courts, and orders sent to South America to restore all things there to
quiet. We hear nothing from Philadelphia, except that the Inhabitants
are in great distress for provisions. Both Armies are still, and both
have lately received reenforcements. A considerable part of Gen. Gate’s
army will shortly join Gen. Washington.

I am dear Sir your most obedient and very humble servant,

Richard Henry Lee


Receiver’s copy, University of Virginia Library.