George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 18 December 1788

From Henry Lee

Alexa. 18th Decr 88

My dear General.

If you please, send off Magnolio tomorrow to be delivered to Mr W.A. Lee who lives at his mothers four Miles below Stafford Court-house 1—It is performable in one day if the horse starts very early. you will be so good as to have him shod & to direct that he wears his cloaths—for the cold weather will injure his appearance, otherwise.

I enclose you my bond, as I beleive it will not be in our power to pay the visit which we so much wish to do2—with the greatest respect I am unalterably yours

Henry Lee


For background to this letter, see GW to Lee, 30 Nov., 12 Dec. 1788, and Lee to GW, 2, 11 Dec. 1788.

1William Aylett Lee was the son of Thomas Ludwell Lee (1730–1778)and Mary Aylett Lee of Bellevue in Stafford County.

2Lee’s bond for £1,000 guaranteeing conveyance of his Kentucky lands to GW is dated 18 Dec. 1788 (ViMtvL).

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