Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

Dear Sir,

Ever since I left Mr. Parker I have been in the most unhappy condition Poor - Mrs. Lee and my two sons laboring under a severe Pleurisy and now so ill that I know not what may be the issue of this night - Worn out as I am with fatigue and anxiety I must attend the election tomorrow but I am not able to inform you any thing about the opposition -

The boy brings a bottle of the best Madeira I have, and I wish it may be of service to you - I am with infinite regard dear Sir

your affectionate friend.
R. H. Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersVirginia Historical society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, pp. 32 - 33.

Lee wrote this letter four days before his wife's death on 12 December 1768, at age 30.