From Henry Lee
Stratford. Jany 14t. 88
To aid Mr. Twining1 I put my name on his bill & procured the endorsement of Mr. Constable2 to authenticate it in N York. Mr. Twinings bill is not paid by the Postmaster General3 who gave me his written assurance that it should be paid when due on condition that the contract was performed relating to the mail.4 This letr. Mr. Constable has & you can see. I am called on for the money & without the assistance of my friends may loose the whole. Will you exert your self for me & if possible releive me, advise with Col. Hamilton who will I am sure heartily support me. Let me have your answer without loss of time. Yours truely
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. Nathaniel Twining, a stagecoach proprietor and mail contractor. See n. 4.
3. Ebenezer Hazard.
4. On Twining and his ambitious scheme to carry the southern mail, see Oliver W. Holmes, “Shall Stagecoaches Carry the Mail? A Debate of the Confederation Period,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 3d ser., XX (1963), 555–73; JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXIII, 508 n., 531–33, 536.