From William Lee
London Janry 19. 1770
Having enter’d into partnership with Messrs De Berdt’s & Sayre, we now send Capt. Walker out in a new Ship to load for us in Poto. & hope he will meet your kind assistance, for which we shall always think ourselves much oblig’d & shall endeavor to give you gratefull proofs thereof.1 Mrs Lee will particularly attend to the choosing any thing her good Cousins Mrs W. & Miss Custis may want for their own use, & she begs leave to present her Respects to them,2 I am &c.
William Lee (1739–1795) and Dr. Arthur Lee (1740–1792), two of the Lee brothers of Stratford Hall, went to London in 1768. In 1773 William was elected a sheriff of London and in 1775 Arthur was admitted to the practice of law there. Both Lees supported the American cause during the Revolution. William Lee did not return to live in Virginia until the end of the war.
2. In 1769, in London, William Lee married Hannah Philippa Ludwell, daughter of Philip Ludwell of Greenspring in Virginia, his cousin and like himself a cousin of Martha Washington’s daughter, Martha Parke Custis.