AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM ALEXANDRIA, FEBRUARY 14, 1811, TO JOHN JOHNSTON, CANNONSBURG [sic], WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, CONCERNING THE INHERITANCE OF "ALL THE ESTATE HELD BY THOMAS LEE IN THE OHIO LANDS LATE THE PROPERTY OF CASSIUS LEE DECEASED." CHARLES LEE WRITES AS ATTORNEY FOR THE ESTATE OF THOMAS LEE. THOMAS'S HEIR IS THOMAS LUDWELL ALEXANDER, THE INFANT SON OF GERARD ALEXANDER OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA. CHARLES LEE INFORMS JOHNSTON, "THE UNDIVIDED 8TH PART OF LUDWELL LEE THE BROTHER OF CASSIUS & THOMAS BELONGED TO THOMAS..." THAT PART HAS NOW DESCENDED BY THE LAWS OF INHERITANCE TO YOUNG ALEXANDER. JOHNSTON IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THE LAND. CHARLES LEE INFORMS HIM THAT HE CAN EXPECT TO PAY $4 PER ACRE, BASED ON AN OFFER BY ANOTHER GENTLEMAN. Charles Lee.

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM ALEXANDRIA, FEBRUARY 14, 1811, TO JOHN JOHNSTON, CANNONSBURG [sic], WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, CONCERNING THE INHERITANCE OF "ALL THE ESTATE HELD BY THOMAS LEE IN THE OHIO LANDS LATE THE PROPERTY OF CASSIUS LEE DECEASED." CHARLES LEE WRITES AS ATTORNEY FOR THE ESTATE OF THOMAS LEE. THOMAS'S HEIR IS THOMAS LUDWELL ALEXANDER, THE INFANT SON OF GERARD ALEXANDER OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA. CHARLES LEE INFORMS JOHNSTON, "THE UNDIVIDED 8TH PART OF LUDWELL LEE THE BROTHER OF CASSIUS & THOMAS BELONGED TO THOMAS..." THAT PART HAS NOW DESCENDED BY THE LAWS OF INHERITANCE TO YOUNG ALEXANDER. JOHNSTON IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THE LAND. CHARLES LEE INFORMS HIM THAT HE CAN EXPECT TO PAY $4 PER ACRE, BASED ON AN OFFER BY ANOTHER GENTLEMAN.

8" x 13", folded to 6.5" x 8". [2], [2 blank] pp. Completely in neat ink manuscript. Old folds [a few splits along folds], light age toning, minimal foxing. Addressed on rear blank page. Good+.

Charles Lee [1758-1815] was a Virginia lawyer, U.S. Senator from Virginia 1789-1792, U.S. Attorney General 1795-1801, the younger brother of Light Horse Harry Lee, and uncle of Robert E. Lee. He declined President Jefferson's offer of an appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Lee was counsel for William Marbury in the landmark case of Marbury vs. Madison.
Gerard Alexander [1784-1834] of Prince William County married Eleanor Brent Lee [1783-1807], the daughter of Thomas Lee [1758-1805]; Robert E. Lee was Thomas Lee's great grandnephew. The infant son, Thomas Ludwell Alexander [1807-1881], was Gerard and Eleanor's only child. Eleanor died 14 days after his birth. He served in the Army, 6th Infantry, during the Mexican War and was breveted Major; after the war he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was an original member of the Aztec Club, formed in 1847 for officers in the Mexican War.
There were at least three John Johnstons living in Washington County at the time of this letter; we are uncertain of which of them was the addressee. A John Johnston was elected in 1802 as one of the first Councilmen of Canonsburg; he also was a Justice of the Peace. Item #32204

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