|Sir||Philadelphia 26. July 1786.|
Permit me to solicit your Attention & protection of my son Thomas Lee Shippen as far as it may be useful to & compatible with his plan of improvement at the Temple—of which No one can be a better judge than your Excellency—I intreat you Sir to confirm by your sage advice those principles of Liberty & Indepence which you & his Uncle Richard Henry Lee so long agoe planted in his young bosom. I sincerely wish you & yours every happiness & am / with great affection / & profound Esteem / Your Excellency s / most obedient servt.
W. Shippen jr