Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter
Stratford the 9th of Oct. 1772Dear Sir,
I am just now favored with yours covering a letter for Mr. Peele. For the following reason I have returned the letter to you. So far as I am able to judge, I think Mr. Peele has much merit in his profession, but in the article of mixing colors for duration, he would seem to be deficient, by the picture he has drawn of Lord Chatham now at Chantilly. The colors of that piece have greatly faded in the short time since it was drawn. I observe in your letter to Mr. Peele that this is one of your capital objections to the copies that have been already taken of your mothers picture. This Gentleman may possibly have by experience improved in this material branch of his art, but this circumstance I am not acquainted with, and therefore concluded it the better way to submit the matter to your own determination. If in this respect he would answer, I think he would in every other, and perhaps there is much propriety in encouraging American Artists in America. I would beg leave to refer you to my brother Frank on his return from Annapolis, where he will have many opportunities of seeing Mr. Peels performances, and knowing the opinion entertained of him there by the best Judges. I assure you that I regret extremely being detained so long from Sabine Hill, and I am determined now, when the evenings grow long, and admit of the sociable pipe, that I will not fail to be happy with your agreeable conversation. Mrs. Lee is not here, but I will inform her of your civility when I return to Chantilly.
My best compliments, if you please, to Sabine Hall I am dear Sir
Your affectionate friend and obedient Servant.
R. H. Lee
Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, pp. 76 - 77. Addressed to Carter at Sabine Hall and conveyed by "the hon. Colo. Lee."