Dear Sir                                                                Dumfries 28th december 1791

You[1] are competent to determine for yourself whether you had better remain at Princeton or return to Virginia. You have my consent to do either as you please, but I hope you will not stay in Philadelphia and dissipate your time there if you should think proper to leave college but that you will come on to Alexandria. I do not know how to send you twenty dollars and as you have lately received more than £100 I cannot suppose it ought to be much wanted.

I am affectionately, your obed svt,

Charles Lee



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.080, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 6


[1] Edmund Jennings Lee (1772-1843).