Fort Hamilton N.Y.
17 Sept 1844
My dearest Markie
I recd your note last night & we are delighted to find that you are coming back to us. Mr Barry & some of the gentlemen are going to the Isd this morg in the barge & if it should be agreable to you to return with them, Mr B. says it will give him much pleasure to bring you down. If it should not be agreable to you, or if you should not be willing to trust yourself to the wild 2nd or should prefer remaining till tomorrow, you must not come down & I will go up for you some time tomorrow. I cannot appoint the hour as I do not know what my engagements will be, but will go over to the Isd for you. Should the day be unfavorable (& the prospect for it now is good as we are threatened with an Easterly storm) you must not expect me. Your Cousin M. is quite poorly. I hope you will revive her. I am sorry for poor C____ ask him to come down here to see you & you & Sally must console him. Give much love for me to Miss Nora & Lizzy. Tell the former that you could not give all I feel for her—Remember me to the col &c & believe me
Very truly your cousin
R E Lee
Source: Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 19