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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Fort Hamilton N. Y.

2 Sept 1844


My dearest Markie

Many thanks for your sweet note by Mr Stanton. I am very glad that you are enjoying the pleasant Company & beautiful scenery of the Point & am truly gratified that in the midst of them all we still live in your recollections. Your Cousin Mary is writing to you & I shall therefore leave to her all domestic matters. She has not been well for the last day or two, but I hope it will now pass over. We hear that Mr Chandler has a violent attack of the blues, brought on no doubt by his missing to escort you to W. P. or by the predominant red at Govrs Isd. Who should your friend be but Towhead. Oh Markie, Markie, when will you ripen? Sally sends much love. I have not yet seen the beautiful poetry you mention. She is consoling herself in your absence with the sweet company of Miss Matilda Mason who is staying with us. I hope you will return soon & that you will come down to us. I enclose you two letters that have arrived for you.   


Source: Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 19

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