<br /> Lee Letter: v048

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

My dear Carter

I am this far on my way to join the Army in Mexico. Your letter enclosing the Bond reached me the day before I left Fort Hamilton. Mary & myself have executed it & I today gave it to Smith for his & Nanies signature. He will send it to Charles Burwell as you directed & thus I hope this matter is disposed of satisfactory to all parties.

I have no doubt from what you say that something might be made out of the Spring. That is if funds could be raised to make good roads, put up good buildings, make it attractive & carry it on a year or two till it became known & fashionable. I wish I had the funds for this purpose, I would send them to you with the greatest pleasure. But what shall I say. I have not. Nor can I ever send you any for after leaving Mary enough to put the two boys to school, for their clothes etc I fear I have not enough to take me & my servant to the Army; & purchase my horses. You see how poor I am. I have broke up my house at Ft H. & sold out, horses & all, but as I could give but one days notice of the sale, every thing went very low. Such is the fortune of War.

I join the Centre Division of the Army, under Genl Wool, which is directed upon Chiauhua & will cross the Del Norte at the Presidio some 200 miles west Camargo. I believe I am the last man ordered, every one is ahead of me & I am hurrying on to endeavour to reach San Antonio De Bexar before the Army moves. It rendeyvous there. I should have preferred joining Gen Taylor or Genl Worth, but must do as I am bid, though I have but little hope of accomplishing anything, or having anything to accomplish.

They all join me in much love to you. Mary says if you wish to see anything beautiful you must come down & see Miss Mildred. We are all well. the Arlington Belle was burnt to the waters edge the night of my arrival, night before last, much to the distress of Mr C. He has been in Alex – a all day, being one of the Commissioners appointed to take the votes in reference to retrocession. The votes of to day are 602 in favour of retrocession, & 197 against. The polls are to be kept open tomorrow but the Major says nearly all the votes are cast & there will be about 500 majority for retrocession.

Cousin Anna has been quite sick. Smith & Nanie are with her. Mrs Kerr expected. Cousin Anna is relieved but still a little feeble. Anne is in Baltimore, quite smart walks about the streets now. It is quite refreshing to see her up again. I leave tomorrow for New Orleans. God bless you my dear brother & may you prosper in all things.

Adieu your affectionate brother

R E Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This letter is addressed “To – C. C. Lee Esqr, Counsellor at Law, Moorefield, Virginia.” Also on the envelope, written in pen, is “R. E. Lee, Sept 1st – 1846.” The postage amount is a stamped “5.” The postmark is not discernable.