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1822. April 9.

Fr: Mayo to Lee (fr:original)

Dear Sir,

            I hope Mrs. Lee has received the music I left for her at Montrose with my note & the essay on M. Luther’s merits in Psalmody. She will excuse my neglect to send the note. I was fearful of exciting suspicion that I had said something I wd. not be willing for the family to see at Montrose.

            I have just arrived and have not leisure to make any comment on my visit at Montrose, as I am just now engaged in answering finally the article I mentioned in my last. I believe you do not take the Enquirer in which my defence appears. I must send it to you by the next mail.

            I beg you will do me the favor to make enquiry at the Ct. House & Mattox Bridge for the packet I last sent to Mrs. Rose. She told me it had been returned to the office but I did not enquire to which. If you recover it please take care of it for me. You are likely to open it. Perhaps Mrs. Lee might yet prevail on Mrs. Rose to look more favorably on my wishes to cultivate the acquaintance of her family. When is Mr. Clapham’s next sermon at Mattox Bridge? I expect to hear from you shortly, when I shall have more leisure to reply. Present my best respects to Mrs. Lee & accept my best wishes for your prosperity & happiness.

Yrs. sincerely

R. Mayo

Richmd. April 9. 1892.


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 7, M2009.165

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 6

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