<br /> Lee Letter: w013

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington Parke Custis
Recipient: Philip Richard Fendale

My Dr Sir Philip

Will you help out a poor author, & truly my Dr Sir (a poor Manager) by a paragraph for the 8th of January in yr Monday’s paper.

The 8th was originally performed in New York 3 years ago on the 8th Jany, & received with distinguished applause. It was then a National Afterpiece in one Act, now remoddelled into a historical Opear in two acts. Your old friend a farmer turned Dramatic author hear him sing sing clearly successfull in the Historical Play of Pocahontas or the First Settelement of Virginia & the National Drama of the Indian Prophecy, & the Rail Road, the latter two performed on the Washington boards Pocahonats in Philadelphia. George has been unfortunate, but is a good liberal fellow, & the poor rogues of players my D Sir; labour hard for our amusement, & ought not to starve in their vocation – Say something for us in Mondays journal my D sir &

In haste Believe me Truly yr Friend & Svt

George W P. Custis

Notes:

Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

The letter’s envelope is addressed: “To Philip Richard Fendale Esqr National Journal Washington Custis, George W. P. Washington 12th March 1830.”