<br /> Lee Letter: v025

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

I received your last letter of the 6th Inst, My dear Carter at this place, to which it was forwarded from W – – And where I arrived a few days Since on my way to Detroit, to assist Capt. Talcott of the Corps of Engrs, in determining the Boundary Line between Ohio & Michigan.

You will have received by this time a letter from me just before I left W – – detailing my entire failure in executing your Commission. This I regret as much as you can, The rabbits as I understood your description, I do not believe are in existence. The rye may be. The Masons, Peters etc had not heard of it, but I intended to go out to Old Mr. Threilkills place (He is dead) to try & learn something about it, but had not an opportunity. Mrs. Massi I informed you would not consent to go to the Camp, & Maj. Lewis, had never received & or heard of your Books etc. As I came through Philadelphia Sister Lucy informed me that she had just received her Copy from Carey & Lea, Sent there by De Behr from N.Y. (The Publisher in this Country,) & I thought it possible he might have yours. Upon my arrival in N.Y. in order to meet Capt T. I was obliged to go on the Same Ev – g & had not time to call on him. I have written to him since I reached this place requesting that should he have them in his possession to transmit them immediately to Mr Lewis, with a request that he would at once forward them to you & that you had been anxiously expecting them all the Winter. His address is Charles De Behr, 102 Broadway, N.Y. The criticism of Walsh you allude to I have never seen, nor did I hear of it until I reached Phil – a I am told it is very severe, More so than than the English. I left Smith in full charge of all your affairs, with an account of my efforts & views appertaining, thereto, & when I next write home I will ask him to get a copy of the No. that contains it & either send the whole No. or the Article, according to the Postage. I left W – – at a days notice & then expected to be back in about 2 Months, Capt T. thinks now that we may be detained till October. There was great necessity of the Service being performed at once, & Genl Gratiot detailed me because there was no other Officer. If he had to have anticipated so great a detention I expect he would not have done so, When I return to W. I will take another hunt after the rye & rabbits. I am glad to hear that you will be in the District this Winter, & was not sorry – to hear of your losing your election – It will be much better for you to stay at home a few years & get all your affairs fixed – That you have lucked well in Law & Calves I rejoice at & I sympathize with Bill Snow with all my heart. I tried to get N. Burwells application for a Cadets Appointment through this Spring, but could do nothing. There were no appointments for VA. She having one more this year than her Complement. I am afraid he will never get it, unless Rives etc or any person of influence & political importance should interest themselves in his behalf. Van Buren could get it at once if he tried, either for this year or the next – merely to write a formal letter is not enough. I leave here tomorrow – & am much engaged with the Instruments etc. I have never had any practice with them yet & it requires a good deal to enable you to depend upon your observations. The correct determination of Latitude & Longitude with all the necessary subjects to be taken into account, as you know is somewhat of a Study for a beginner – Yours very truly &

in haste

R E Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This envelope is addressed “C. C. Lee Engr, Counsellor at Law, Spring Camp, Stoney Fork P.O., Floyd County VA.” The postmark appears to be “Albany” and is dated May 29. Written in pencil, perpendicular to the address is “R. E. Lee, May 29 1835.”