<br /> Lee Letter: n533

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Nathaniel Scudder
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Sir.

I doubt not you have long e’er this received a short Letter from me
1 acknowleging the Receipt of yours of the
19th Septr. which I wrote in Jersey. I have been some Time here again,
but have not had the Pleasure of hearing from you since my Arrival.

On my Return I enquired, and found Mr. Lovel had transmitted you Copies or
Duplicates of the Papers which you wished me to send you,2
therefore thought it unnecessary to repeat

This Letter will be also a short one, as I have the Satisfaction of sending
it by the Honble Mr. Laurens, who will call on you in his Journey to
Charles Town and consequently be able to give you a more general and
accurate Detail of Business and News than I could possibly do in the
Compass of a Letter.

I will only congratulate you on the Evacuation of Rhode Island, and on the
Birth of your Cassius; the first on public, the second on private
Account. I sincerely wish him to live, and to shine with distinguished
Lustre on the public Theatre of that great Republic, in founding which
his Father has labored with Such assiduity & Applause.

Commend my warmest Expressions of Esteem and Respect to your amiable
Consort, and permit me to add,

that I am most affectionately &
sincerely Your Friend & Obedt. Servt.

Nath. Scudder


Receiver’s copy, Lee Family Papers, University of Virginia Library.

1 Not found.

2 Scudder had been absent from September 18 to October 20; he may be
referring to “copies or Duplicates” transmitted in James Lovell’s
letters to Lee of September 27 or October 13.