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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Baltimore 31 July 1852


My Dear Mr Bonaparte

My brother has a small package for his son Fitzhugh, which he is anxious he should get, as it contains some necessary clothing he inadvertently left behind. May I therefore ask the favour of you or Jerome to hand it to him, that being my opinion the surest way of its reaching him.

Tell Mrs B— she has taken away a great part of my regret at leaving Baltimore by going away herself & diminished my reluctance to reach W.P. by placing herself there. I am very glad to hear that you both have recovered from your fall. I saw John yesterday. He said all wer well. & the horses nearly recovered from their injury. One horse entirely.

Mrs M. Louis & the Judge have gone to Cape May. Mrs L has been at A— for some days. I go on in the 4 O’Clock train. All my things are shipped for N.Y. I have wound up my matters at S. except settling the accounts—

Remember me to Mrs B. Mrs W & Charly & believe me very truly yours

R E Lee



Source: Bonaparte Papers, Maryland Historical Society, printed in William D. Hoyt, Jr., ed., “Some Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1850–1858,” Journal of Southern History, 12 (November 1946), 560.


Uploaded by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 22

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