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John Carroll Brent, Esq.

Washington City D.C.


                                                                                                                                               Fort Hamilton, N. Y.

                                                                                                                                               2 April 1843




     I did not receive your very kind letter of the 24 Ultimo until last night.  I truly appreciate the motives which prompted you to preserve for some member of the family, the watch of my brother Major Henry Lee, & I am glad to have it in my power to enable you to secure the accomplishment of your friendly purpose.


     I Accordingly enclose you the Amount named for its redemption.  Please place the watch in the hands of Major Wm. B. Lewis to await my order.


     I have not seen my brother Carter for more than a year.  As he has not remained long at any one place during that time, it is possible your letter has never reached him.  He is now in the lower part of VA: & is expected in the District about the middle of this month.


     With grateful recollections of your attention to my diseased brother & regard for his family I remain


                                                                        Very truly your obtsevt,

                                                                         R. E. Lee


P. S. I should not be able to obtain a draft on Washington until I could get to N. York.  I therefore am obliged to enclose you.

Three notes of the Bank of Virginia at Fredericksburg,   A. 2794

                                                                                        A. 3531

                                                                                        B. 2229 for $10 each = $30.

One note of the Farmers Bank of VA: at Freds--burg,     M. 905 for $10 each = $10.

One note of the Bank of the Valley in VA. at Leesburg,   C. 820 for $10 each = $10



Which I hope from the daily commn with the places of payment & Wash

will answer your purpose. Should thy not & you return them, I will

send you a draft for the amount.


R. E. Lee


April 21 deliver watch to bearer from Mrs. Lee.


To Maj Wm B Lewis

Treasr Dept


Source: Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2012.006, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 14


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