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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

17 Sept 1844


My dearest Markie


I recd your note last night & we are delighted to find that you are coming back to us. Mr Barry & some of the gentlemen are going to the Isd this morg in the barge & if it should be agreable to you to return with them, Mr B. says it will give him much pleasure to bring you down. If it should not be agreable to you, or if you should not be willing to trust yourself to the wild 2nd or should prefer remaining till tomorrow, you must not come down & I will go up for you some time tomorrow. I cannot appoint the hour as I do not know what my engagements will be, but will go over to the Isd for you. Should the day be unfavorable (& the prospect for it now is good as we are threatened with an Easterly storm) you must not expect me. Your Cousin M. is quite poorly. I hope you will revive her. I am sorry for poor C____ ask him to come down here to see you & you & Sally must console him. Give much love for me to Miss Nora & Lizzy. Tell the former that you could not give all I feel for her—Remember me to the col &c & believe me

Very truly your cousin

R E Lee   



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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