Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Shippen, Jr.
York Town, October 18th. 1777My Dear Sir,
I feel too sensibly the number and weight of the obligations under which your goodness has laid me, not to entreat earnestly, that you will excuse me from this last effort of your friendship, and that you will suffer me to pay for the wine that I had of you. The friendship that bears alltogether on one side may be oppressive, and the excellence, if not the existence, of this virtue depends on reciprocal communications of benefits. I think the quantity of wine I applied to you for, was 25 gallons, which at 30/ - pr. gal. comes exactly to One hundred Dollars, which you will please receive enclosed. If this is not right please to let me know, and the Error shall be rectified. I wish you health and happiness, being very sincerely you<r> affectionate friend and Bro.<ther>
25 gallons wine at 30/ = £37.10
100 dolls at 7/6 = £37.10
Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, pp. 334 - 35.