<br /> Lee Letter: w072

Washington and Lee University

Sender: William Henry Fitzhugh Lee
Recipient: Becky Wilmer
Recipient: Lizzy Wilmer

My dear Misses Beck & Lizzy –

I am about to call upon both of you to fulfil the promises – made by you on that sadly memorable evening, when we parted in the Mansion House, Alexandria which I suppose, however, you have forgotten together with the actors in that tragic scene, as I have been called upon to use my paternal authority; as is to be you know, to make you write to Miss Laura A. Lippitt <illegible> Mr H P. Lefebre Richmond, Va and I hope in my next to be able to commend you for the prompt manner in which said letter was written.

I have been for a few days past desperate. Miss Mary dined at Warwick on Tuesday. And the Capt: came up on Wednesday to take me over with cousins Ellen & Emily to dine at Arlington – but I was so busy I was not able to be found and the Capt. describing, when next we met, the exceeding loveliness & sweetness of the charming Mary caused. The Green Eyed monster to sit enthroned in my heart for a considerable length of time, but by the way, it just occurs to me that Miss Mary has two sisters at Staunton with you, and I must impress on your minds the fact that seriously I would not have them see or hear my above sentiments for anything under the sun. They might take up the idea that I really & nobly admired Miss M., which, you knowing where my ‘fections are fixed, certainly, of course, would never think of supposing – I’ve nothing new to tell you except, the last time I saw Mimmie, her face was immeasurable – You should have seen sister L. leave and all us crying for the <illegible> – That was an interesting sight – I hope neither of you will give yourselves into the Insane Asylum or weep your selves into the Blind Asylum – After leaving you that evening, Le Medicin and I, could not get anything out of Budy except an occasional sigh – And he went to sleep with half formed intentions of being at the cars in the morning to bid you once more a last farewell – which I am going to say it falls to my sad lot, now to do.

I am in earnest about the caution in reference to the Misses Lee – Please kiss the prettiest young lady in the school for me, and write me word who the honored person is. Expecting soon to get a long letter signed M.R.F.W and another E.A.E.M.T.W.

I am Yours etc

W.F.L

Notes:

Robert E. Lee Papers (064 collection)Leyburn Library

The letter is addressed to: “The Misses Wilmer Staunton. –