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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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.




My dear Carter –                                                                                            Washington Decr. 12th

            This is a hasty letter, merely to say I have recd your most kind one of 30th ulto.

            I am most happy to find myself again among my dear Friends & relations, & in my native land. There is no other to compare to it, either for moral or physical enjoyments, to an american of a right-mind. I have undoubtedly been all this while in eclipse, & I halt the transit with its entire obscuration has forever passed o’er my desk.

            My dear Daughters are all well & I am sure wd reciprocate your kind affections when they have the pleasure of seeing you.

            About the hardy lands, to be sold for taxes & bought-in, pray what amt of taxes has accrued? Your suggestion may be a very good one.

            ‘Tis true about yr uncle Fitz, as I hear, a bad business! The prosperity of Jacksonism astounds me, & I confess I have great fears for the greater value of my Bank: stock tho’ it is still better than any investment I can see. What is to become of the whole country under such regime I know not. The virtue of dear old Washington has departed from the presidential seat & lies buried at Mt. Vernon.

            I am thus far on the way to James River & Broad-neck, that classic ground of my affections. I doubt wether you are farther from that point of rendezvous than I was at N=York, where I left the ocean.

            I have brought an old Hunter with me from England & bought an “Eclipse” colt in N-York – you see them at spring=camp next sum[m]er if not at Broad Neck this winter. I am determined to visit you & the deers & the ferns & the laurels &c. &c.

            God bless you my dear Son=Nephew – yr devoted B.M.C.

Anne Marshall was well

(In the margin: I shall see Robert tomorrow)

The Major’s1 life of Napoleon, (according to a paragraph in Walsh’s paper of a few days past, taken from a french paper,) has been published in Paris & London, & is republishing in New York.

The French paper commends it, & says that it is in a new view of the subject, particularly as regards the Emperor’s early life.


Charles Carter Lee Esqr.

            Spring Bank

Stoney Fork, Floyd County




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.184

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 May 27


1. Henry Lee, IV (1787-1837)

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