My dear sir Wednesday
I am as happy as my worn ole body will permit. But yr presence would give me additional delight. Do come & [illegible] here tomorrow & bring yr good young captain.
You will be pleased with my new friends. We dine at 2 & you must land on the west side on sight of the house. By enquiry you will be told exactly how & where.
By the boat send me my gun watch a tin box & my trunk of cloaths with my two mattresses & cot. Take half the nuts & send or rather leave in Alexandria for my son as you pass, 12 to plant & send a small bag with [illegible] for letters. The steward knows. Lastly write & tell me all yr hopes & prospects as to going home & whether you have heard from [illegible]
always yrs H L
Note: This letter is undated, but was written not long before Light Horse Harry Lee's death in 1818 in Georgia.
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.129, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 21
 James Hyman Caustens (1788-1874) was a native of Baltimore. He was also a veteran of the War of 1812 and later worked as a lawyer and as a counsel for the governments of Chili and Ecuador.