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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.




                  Sept 22nd 1830      


My dear Carter


Your letter of the 7th Inst. did not come to hand till yesterday though I was at the very place, to which it was directed. The reason of this was, that it was sent to Wood Stock Shenandoah County instead of Fauquier & there detained some days. As soon as I received it, I came post down here, in hopes to hear some tidings of your movements, in which however I have failed & have determined at a venture to write by the mail to night. I must therefore be as short as possible. First then, I think it is extremely necessary to arrange our affairs definitely, & if it cannot be done without our all being together in Va. I see no time better than the present. Smith is at present at Ravensworth & though I have not seen him since I received your letter, I am pretty confident that there will be nothing to call him out of our reach.

I have heard that Uncle Williams will bring his daughters up to Miss Mercer's about the 1st of next month & if you can be here then we can all be together. Should Mr. Turner's presence be necessary we will have to adjourn to Fauquier. When you propose that I should go to P. Co. you forget that in a month from this time I must be winding my way towards Cock Spur.

Strange things have happened here this Summer. Charles Henry is engaged. Marietta L. is engaged & last though not least I am engaged to Miss Mary C. Think of that Master Brooke. That is, She & her mother have given their consent. But the Father has not yet made up his mind, though it is supposed will not object. They are all well in Fauquier. Hill & Mary go down on the 1st of Oct. Shirley Carter has been very ill, has gone to the Warm Springs & is fast recovring [sic]. Cousin Marcie is a very little better & intends going to Baltimore in a few days. I write in the greatest hurry, so that knowing the state of affairs you may have it in your power to do as you think best. I would write Uncle W. & tell him your plans did I know certainly that you were coming on. Write quickly if you cannot

Your affct &c

                 R. E. Lee


[ Postmarked Sep. 23, this letter is addressed to C. C. Lee Esq., Counsellor at Law, No. 15 Pine St., New York.]




Source: Copy of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, University of Virginia Special Collections, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 3


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