My dear Caroline

I have only today received your letter while at church & tho it is Sunday I must write at once that you may receive before you leave New York. I am much indebted to you for all the trouble you may have had on my account I do not care to give more than $10. for the kettle & as I expect to go to Baltimore in a few days it is not worth while to give yourself any further trouble about it If I do not find one there to suit me I will write to you to get me one when you return to New York. If you should have purchased me one since you wrote let me know at once as I cannot wear the salmon dress in this warm weather it is no matter about the trimming I will send for the package to Mr Marcys tomorrow but did not wait to see it before I wrote – Father send his love to you & says he feels much mortified that his cat was not mentioned in your message & that you must remember when ever you come Southward you have a home here as long as you will stay. That he misses you very much indeed – Mother begs me to say every thing that is kind for her & she will write herself more at leisure – I am truly sorry I cannot respond to your congratulations with regard to Mr Lee He was all ready to come with Genl Scott but Genl Butler would not spare him & now I fear there is no chance of his return before the autumn & not even then unless peace should be declared I went to see Genl Scott in Washington & he complimented Mr Lee in the highest manner & said he had hoped to have the pleasure of returning him to me safe. We are all very anxious to learn of the result of the Whig convention. It seems to be thought they will unite on Genl Taylor & perhaps he is the best man to reconcile all parties I think if they cannot be beat Cass & Butler they must be very weak indeed – My love to Abby & your sister Mary & particularly to your papa My Father & Mother join me in kind remembrances to all Let me hear from you & I will write again more at leisure for I am really in a great hurry now as I shall lose my opportunity

Ever yrs affectionately

M C: Lee

Mr Gahagan always enquires of you with great interest I think you made quite an impression there we have had crowds of company lately

Robert E. Lee Papers (064 collection), Leyburn Library