<br /> Lee Letter: n799

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Fitzgerald

Dear Sir,

Your favor of April the 20th enclosing a bill on Boston for £200 our
currency is this moment come to hand1 – I will endeavor to dispose of it in this City. I thank you sir for your
obliging offer of subscribing to the Potomac navigation for me, but as
I hope to pass thro Alexandria in June or July when Congress
adjourns – I will suspend my subscription until I have the pleasure of seeing you. We have no news here of any consequence. The Emperors
quarrel with the Dutch seems to be quieted, but it is not improbable
that a war between him & Prussia will take place. Congress has
taken the most effectual steps in their power to quiet the Barbary
Pirates, so as to prevent their hostilities upon our Commerce.

I am Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, owned by Creighton C. Hart (1974), Kansas City, Mo.

1 Lee had also written the following letter, addressed “Col. Fitzgerald,
Merchant in Alexandria, Virginia,” on April 27. “Your letter to me
enclosing a packet for Mr. Storey I replied to by the next post after
I received it, since which I have not been favoured with any other
letter from you. My son, Mr. Thomas Lee of Dumfries, has given me
reason to have expected for the two last posts a remittance from you
of two hundred pounds our currency, but your silence on this head
gives me apprehension that there is some mistake, or that your letter
may have miscarried. Be pleased to let me hear from you on this
subject. The slow arrival of the packets leave us here without any
news foreign, and the domestic is in no ways interesting.” Historical
Magazine 7 (June 1863): 193 – 94.