My dear cousin Nat
Many thanks for your kind letter. I am glad to hear that you are all are well. I fear you will have a terrible time & be half starved before we get back. I had intended to have returned Monday, but Rooney is quite sick & will not be able to travel. I shall return Wednesday if possible. Tell Wm he must get what is necessary for you till I return. All unite with me I much love & many kind wishes. I hope your books have arrived & that you will be able to do a good business.
Source: R. E. Lee Collection, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University
Uploaded by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 22
Transcription based on a facsimile in the Bonaparte Papers.