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Arlington [Virginia] 14 June 1858


My dear Mr Bonaparte

I have just recd your note of the 11th & am highly gratified at the prospect of having a reduction of your bust—I shall value it very highly, & place it among the most esteemed objects in the house.

Your letter was late reaching me in consequence of having been directed to Washington—Alexandria is our P Office—I shall send for the bust as soon as it ceases raining—I hoped you would have heard from Jerome. I am very anxious to learn the official announcement of his promotion—

I see announced in the papers the information you gave of the mission of Prince N to Algeria—

I hope Mrs B— has entirely recoverd & am very glad to learn of the continued improvement of Judge M. Mrs. Lee joins me in affectionate regards to Mrs B. & yourself & I am very truly yours

R E Lee


Source: Bonaparte Papers Maryland Historical Society, printed, William D. Hoyt, Jr., ed., “Some Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1850–1858,” Journal of Southern History, 12 (November 1946), p. 570.


Uploaded by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 28

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