<br /> Lee Letter: v035

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

My dear Carter

I received yesterday your letter of the 4th on the Subject of our Hardy prospects – . It is my wish to establish our right to all, to which we have a just claim and I will willingly lend my countenance and support to this end; as I would give my personal exertions, were it practicable for me to do So. You say right that before undertaking such a task, we must consider what likelyhood there is of success, and whether – its value would justify the expense and risk of obtaining it. You know in this whole matter you are the judge; you have the whole property in your hands; but know the probabilities of establishing the title, and having visited it have had an opportunity of estimating its value; with you then lies the “responsibility.” Where the funds are to be obtained for prosecuting this business unless they can be raised from the lands themselves, God only knows. I on my part can promise but little. Our necessary expenses here will not be below $195. per month, and which only comprehends our living. Our room with an adjacent closet and unfurnished at that is $300. per year – Board $95. per month each, Washing $1. per doz fuel, shoeblacking etc will nearly make up the balance – We shall have to get another woman, and the furniture which I got in Cincinnati is all lost and has to be replaced. I have been thus particular to shew what imperative calls on my purse I shall have here, and when you add to these the many wants of a family in a strange land, my finances will have been reduced to a low ebb. The money in Mr Lloyds hands is all that I can now lay my hands on, and the package that will convey this, would have carried one to him requesting its transmitted here. It amounts to $180. with the interest from the 8th of March last – I send you an order for the whole, which if it answer your purposes take, and send one a receipt on account of this Hardy concern, upon which if ever available I shall have this additional claim. If you stand in need of it on your private account, It is yours, and we will have no receipts – I am very busy getting off the Boats etc to the Rapids and shall have no time to say more. We are all well – Mary was slightly indisposed a day or two since, from as we suppose the effects of cold. She is now well – The children have improved very much – Remember me very particularly to Cousin Anna, Sis-Nanie, Smith and their boys, and to all our friends in the District – I am writing at the Office and can send no messages from Mary – She was to have written today to her Mother, from which you will learn of all our doings – Tell her Cousin that Dr Sykes is here from the E.S. who tells me, (And I believe him) that he is a relative of hers. He talks of establishing himself here – I learn in a letter from Mr M. that poor Anne has been suffering very much with her hand – Truly and Affectly

your brother

R E Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This letter is not addressed on the fourth page as is R.E. Lee’s usual custom.