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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 30th 1830    


My dear Carter

Both of your lettersbarrived this morning. As to the time of your coming on to Virginia, perhaps you know best, but for my part I see none so good as the present. I am ready to do any thing in the way of business, except to go to Patrick, for which I will not have time. I have neither heard, nor can I hear any thing of Uncle Williams, movements, except that his daughters are expected at Miss Mercers about the first of next month, so that it is probably you will exactly catch him. Cousin Maria only went to Baltimore under the expectation of remaining there till her Father crossed the Bay, his family having spent the summer in B.

Cousin Milly received a letter from Cousin Anna yesterday, stating that her Father intended to go to the E. Shore to morrow, & if he did she should be at Arlington to dinner. Smith went on to day to escort her. But what are you talking of Weddings, & my resigning? The Wedding if there is one, will not be till next Spring, (so she says.) And I am not going to resign, till God knows when, for I don’t.

Miss Mary received a letter from Mildred two days ago, who says that they are in high move & were going to Baltimore on Friday the 24th, but as it rained that day it probable they did not go till Wednesday following. I want to leave these parts soon enough to spend a week with Anne in Baltimore & yet arrive in N. York the first week in November on my way to Cock Spur. I hope to have the pleasure of the company of my dear Nephew & his fair bride, to Savannah where they are to spend the Winter

Marietta is engaged to a Mr. Powell of Middleburg.

Shirley Carter I am told has quite recovered by his trip to the Springs. All join with me in love to you & Miss Mary sends you a message but I will not deliver it. Mr. Custisis busily engaged in writing a tragedy which is to bear off the six hundred dollars the 1st of Nov. Your Afft. Brother

R. E. Lee


Oct. 1st.

P.S. As no letter came to day from Cousin “Anna.” It is supposed she is on the way here.



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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 4

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