8" x 13", folded to 6.5" x 8". , [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