George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, Jr., 15 April 1797

From Henry Lee, Jr.

G[eorge]town [Md.] 15th april [1797]

dear sir

On reaching this place I called on Mr Lingan to whom R. & F. referred me.

The inclosed paper shews the determination to transfer 41 shares—letters are daily expected from R. & F. which will lead to the transfer of the ballance.1

As my election comes on next monday 2 I fear my hurry will be such as to compel me to ⟨pass⟩ you & therefore I do now that by letr which I meant to have done personally. most respy yours

Henry Lee


1See GW to Lee, 2 April, n. 1. The unsigned and undated memorandum that Lee enclosed reads: “Mr [James] Lingan has recd Genl Lees note Mr Lingan has concluded to have transfered those shares which he holds & Mr [Walter] Smith will likewise do the Same with those he has the controll of—provided R[eed] & F[orde] obligation appears & an indorsement made on the same for the shares so transfered, the whole of the shares that will be transfered by mr L. & mr Smith will amount to fourty one” (DLC:GW). Walter Smith (d. 1805) was the agent for Reed & Forde in the Federal City.

2Lee was reelected to the Virginia house of delegates from Westmoreland County.

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