From Henry Lee, Jr.
Shirley feby 2d 1798
Mr Hopkins presented me with yr letter of the 25th ultimo.1 I learn with much surprize & chagrin that Mr Simmes has failed to pay his note—He used to be considerd as very punctual & therefore I recd his paper for a debt due to me.
Nothing but the untoward & unexpected course of fiscal concerns in this country could have produced delay in my payment of yr debt. I am pained in a great degree to hear of any inconvenience accruing to you thro me & will see you in March for the purpose of placing our negotiations in some agreable & certain train. With best wishes for yr health & happiness I remain yr true friend & Ob. Ser.
1. John Hopkins (c.1757–1827) of Richmond, commissioner of Continental loans for Virginia, while visiting in Alexandria had dinner at Mount Vernon on 24 Jan. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:278–79).