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1821. Novr 11

Fr: Mayo to Lee (fr: original)

Richmd Novr 11, 1821

Dear Sir,

            You percieve by the enclosed that the apprehensions communicated by Mr. Page in my last have been confirmed. I assure you that the warmest friend cd not reject it more than I do; and cd any endorsement have overcome the obstacle alleged, I wd have given it with the utmost cheerfulness.

            Your last I have just recd. It indeed over whelms me with amazement to see that so much ungrounded & illiberal suspicion should be set in motion, when the contrary feeling might in some measure have been hoped for. Except that Miss McC does not manifest any evident repugnance, I shd not hesitate to relinquish the object as hopeless, an acct of such loyalty, but on her acct I do not know how to abandon the forlorn hope in which my feelings had already began to rely with some confidence.

            I hope the unfortunate disclosure will be no impediment to the future good understanding between Mrs. Lee & her sister. If it shd it will be a heavy weight of responsibility upon my conscience through life. I presume at least that she will never venture to touch again upon the same subject & perhaps the whole affair will here rest forever.

            If any thing shd transpire that may be worth communicating of course I shall be much gratified to hear it. For it is certainly probable the Mrs. Roses may after a while become sensible that they are doing Miss McC. a great injustice. Please to give my best respects to Mrs. Lee & esteem me ever

Yours most sincerely

Robert Mayo

P.S. I had just written Miss McC. at considerable length & was about to drop it in the P.O. when yours was handed to me; after which I feel myself under greater restraint, & my own dignity put to the test.



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 7, M2009.147

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 22

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