My Dearest Richmond July 5th 1780
The time when I expected the pleasure of seeing you is to my great mortification, put off --?-- (corner clipped off of letter) than I thot it would be when I wrote last. The soonest I expcet to leave this, will be the middle of of next week; and unless the weariness of the members makes them more expeditious than they have been, it may be the last of the week.
I am pretty well lodged in the house with Mason Page Mead & R. H. Lee; we dine at a Tavern tolerably well; but this is a most informal hot place, & expences enormous these added to the most powerful inducements to be with you, make my stay here, as you may suppose, very disagreeable. I tremble already at the thots of attending here this fall. I should have wrote to you last Sunday by Williamson Ball but he went off without leave, & without letting anyone know his intentions; which I dare say you will agree with me, was very unkind. We hear of great exertions making to the north of us, to put our affairs upon a good footing; & I believe when the french fleet arrives, something clever will be done. As to Virginia, I almost despair of its recovering from this disgrace, which it has incurred among its neighbours. And as the war in the south must be supported chiefly by us, at least for some time, we shall not soon be better in that quarter. If you have had the rains which have been here, Sutton must be much interrupted in his harvest, he should secure in the evening what he cuts in the fore part of the he day. Inclosed is a receipt to file (Page 2) ( corner clipped off thus word not known) here upon the calves & hogs, which Sutton should (do?) immediately. Braxton=s store is very empty of everything(?)
I am with the most tender affection
ever yours. Francis Lightfoot Lee
My dear Miss Molly: how doyou like your Aunt=s solitary mansion? I hope the apricots will make some amends for the want of gay company. If your Aunt will not some times laugh with you, give her a little scold.