<br /> Lee Letter: a019

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Francis Nelson

D Sir

The vouchers necessary for the proper adjustments of your accounts with Mr G. W. P. Custis not being ready for my examination, it will be impossible for me to settle them under the authority given me by Mr Custis, which was the object of my visit in December last, & at this time. As my official duties will not permit me to wait, until they can now be procured, I shall be obliged to place the matter in the hands of a Commissioner of accounts for settlement. I shall select for this purpose Mr Wm Overton Wonston of Hanover Ct House, & will put in his hands all the accounts which you have submitted to Mr Custis from the year 1844 to the year 1854, both inclusive, with the accounts of sales which I have obtained from you, & from McConkey Parr & Co of Baltimore. I have therefore to request that you will lose no time in procuring the other accounts of sales, & such vouchers for your disbursements as have not been redered & which I have indicated to you, & that you will transmit them to Mr Winston with any explanations that may be necessary for him to make a true exhibit of the account between yourself & Mr Custis. I have also to request that you will complete as soon as possible your accounts for the year 1855; that you will pay the debts; collect all monies due the Estate; & that as soon as the accounts are closed & ready for examination, that you will hand them also to Mr Winston. I shall direct Mr Winston to make a legal settlement of all your accounts as soon as circumstances will permit; state the true balance & furnish you with a copy of his statement. I hope you will afford him every facility in your power in furtherance of this object I remain very respy

your obt Servt

R E Lee


Ely-DeButts PapersLibrary of Congress

Transcribed in Francis Raymond Adams, Jr., An Annotated Edition of the Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, April, 1855 – April, 1861, pp. 84 – 85. Addressed to Nelson, “Agent for G. W. P. Custis.”