West Point 31 May 1854


My dear Mr Bonaparte


I am very glad to hear that you & Jerome are about to embark for France. It will be as agreable [sic] to you as beneficial to him, & I think you can fairly take great pleasure in comparing him with his Princely relatives. Where worth makes the man & rank is but the stamp, his head can tower as lofty as the best.

I am very sorry that you will not have time to pay us a visit, but can readily understand your engagements. You forget that the Examination commences tomorrow, when you speak of my being in New York. I should with much pleasure go down to meet you, but you will see that it is impossible—I am much obliged to you for your kind offer to take charge of any commissions, & you will see by the enclosed that I have taken advantage of it. You must also remember me very kindly to Mrs Hoffman if you see her, & do not forget to give Mrs Lee’s & Bonaparte’s regards to the Dr.

I hope that you will have a safe & pleasant voyage, & much satisfaction from your visit, & that you & J—may speedily return to us—

I shall certainly see Mrs B—as I pass through Baltimore, & as you expect to return so soon, will hope to find you there on my return to W.P—I have much to do, & have besides to meet Mr Washn Irving at dinner to day—

Wishing you both every happiness

I remain most truly yours


R E Lee


Source: Bonaparte Papers Maryland Historical Society, printed, William D. Hoyt, Jr., ed., “Some Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1850–1858,” Journal of Southern History, 12 (November 1946), 565.


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