My dear Mr Bonaparte
I am very glad to hear that you & Jerome are about to embark for France. It will be as agreeable to you as beneficial to him, & I think you can take great pleasure in comparing him with his Princely relations. When worth makes the man & rank is the stamp, his head can tower as lofty as the best.
I am very sorry that you will not have time to pay us a visit, but can readily understand your engagements. You forget that Examination Commences tomorrow, when you speak of my being in New York. I should with much pleasure go down to meet you, but you will see that it is impossible - I am much obliged to you for your kind offer to take charge of any commissions, & you will see by the enclosed that I have taken advantage of it. You must also remember me very kindly to Mrs. Hoffman if you see her, & do not forget to give Mrs Lees & Bonapartes regards to the Dr
I hope you will have a safe and pleasant voyage, & much satisfaction from your visit, & that you & J may speedily return to us -
I shall certainly see Mrs B - as I pass through Baltimore, & as you expect to return so soon, will hope to find you there on my return to W.P - I have much to do, & have besides to meet Mr Washn Irving at dinner today - Wishing you both every happiness
Source: R. E. Lee Collection, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University
Transcription based on a facsimile in the Bonaparte Papers.
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