<br /> Lee Letter: v053

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: William Henry Fitzhugh Lee

My dearest Horse

I take advantage of the transmission of a letter from Sweet Mary Whittingham to send you a few lines, the only offering I can now give you of my affection & interest. The Pnt will close early next week when I hope to have a little more leisure. It has progressed so far satisf – y but I fear we shall lose some of our friends – Co<m>y & Cambbell did very badly. I fear they will go. See how cruel it is for young men by their neglect & inattention to bring upon their parents & friends the mortification & distress of their failure –

Two nice lads too, but they preferred their own ease & pleasure to their clear and imperative duty –

Your brother will come up in Chemistry tomorrow – I hope he may do as well as in Philosophy – I heard from your Mother yesterday. Your Gr – d father is better & she is thinking of returning to the Point – He will come with her – My little people are well –

With much love I am your father

Robert E. Lee

Tell Miss M. W. she must come up & see us – That you will bring her & return her – REL

Wm H. Fitzhugh Lee


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