Lot: 7 Richard Henry Lee letter



2015-11-04 12:50:07

Lot 7: "Our Friend G. Washingtons domestication does, I fear prohibit him from attending to the sale" Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia (1732- 1794). Lee served as President of the Continental Congress, yet opposed the Constitution because it lacked a bill of rights. He served in the Senate and resigned after the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. ALS, 3pgs, 6.75 x 8.75, New York July 16, 1789. Letter describing about being in the Senate, George Washington, personal news, and financial transactions. Letter does have losses of paper and some text by insect damage, else in good condition.Richared Henry Lee letters are quite scarce among the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lee writes from New York to ?. In Part: New York July 16, 1789 your letter of the 10th instant was delivered today in the Senate chamber after a long and most (inter)esting debate so that I have had no opportunity of -----out for the things you desire to be sent but Col. Fitzgerald's stoop is not yet arrived here so that I suppose there'll be time enough to find by the charge for some silversmith work that I had done here. The charge for workmanship only is 6/4 and ounce this currency which is 4/10 our money, so that the difference is not much between the charge here and with you- but probably the workmanship done here may be neater....For myself I shall have nothing to send because my remittance from Virginia have been nothing, and our prospect of wages for a long time to come, while the few things I have sent for my family and the necessary close I have been obliged to bring for myself and servants the support of my houses has exhausted the cash I brought with me. Our friend G.Washingtons domestication does I fear prevent him from attending to the sale of my corn on the little Fob.'' that I left him with for sale to supply my wants at this place- When you have opportunity I shall thank you for reminding him of this, as well as about the money Mr.W.A.Washington was to have paid me for Turner's estate my brother Arthur being shortly to the dismissed from the treasury in consequences of the new arrangement about disposing of his furniture among this is a mahogany wine cellar like mine but a little larger his..If you give my love to my dear Nancy and my other friends and Alexandria yours most affectionately Richard Henry Lee .. . Letter is accompanied with framed cabinet photograph of an artist rendering of Richard Henry Lee a photo is a painting of Nancy Lee, and a copy of 1840 engraving of Leesburg, Virginia. Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction Thursday, 19th November 2015 Estimate: $2000-2500
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