I send up this letter, which was recd last night, My dear Markie, to take the chance of finding you at the Isd. We can hear nothing of you & your note from the Isd only reached me the night previous to the day designated for your departure for Buffalo. I could not leave home that day, else we should have gone up to see if you had in reality departed. Since then I have wearied the World to gain intelligence of you, but without effect. Miss Mason left us yesterday. Your Cousin M. [Mary] has not been very well this week & is still suffering from the effects of cold.
Present us very kindly to Miss Nora [Bankhead] & all with you. Mary Sends much love &
I remain very truly your loving cousin
R E Lee
14 Sept 1844
Miss Williams (Mrs. McKnight goes to Buffalo Monday evg 16th)
Source: Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 19