Fort Cumberland [Maryland] Octr 19th 1794

My dear Sally

            I have rcd: your affectionate letters one at Winchester by Post the other by a light Horseman who got it from a certain Mr. Riban of Fredbg a deserter from Capt Lewis Troop. I am rejoiced to hear of your health & our little sweet Girl. Be of good cheer we shall soon meet the army will cross the Allegany but our time of service must expire the first day of december perhaps sooner this you may be assured of that. I will return as soon as I can no human being wanted ever to see another so much as I do you.

            I shall write to our Kentucky fathers tomorrow by a [illegible] hand God bless him we will pay him a visit in the Spring. You cant think how I am alarmed at a report of an infectious fever being in [illegible] be very cautious my love write me soon. don’t go to Richmond until you see me I wish to be your escort.

            I must inform you the news. The president left us to day to visit the left wing of our army consisting of Pennsylvania and Jersey troops amounting to 13,000 foot & 1200 Horse the men, I belong to consists of Virginia & Maryland amounting to 6000 foot & artillery & 300 Horse a very formidable army the junction will be made at Beason town in a few days the largest army of Americans yet ever assembled togeather at one time. The insurgent have sent commissioners offering submission & to furnish us wth provisions but they now demand in rough term they were told we wanted nothing of them that we would speak to them when we entered their country.

            I hope we shall have a pleasant march over the mountain everything is provided that is necessary for the comfort of an army Genrl. Lee had gaind the esteem of the whole army by his great attention to his duty. we had a General firing to [levy?] our new army the report of the musketry & cannon was tremendous amidst the echo of the surrounding mountains our [illegible] Infantry in Fredbg was no more compard to this than the smallest whisper to the loudest thunder you ever heard. I think our men if tried will behave with courage but it is really farcical to think that this [parade?] is for nothing I do believe the state has no enemy to oppose the Insurgence frightened half to death they expect their country to be laid wast. Oh Sally what is all this to us if I was with you I should be happy nothing shall ever induce me to part with you again.

            I love you more than I had any conception off we shall be happiest in consequence of the separation I now know you [illegible], ought to part to know the force of love.

            God bless you my dearest & best of wifes.

I have hear nothing of your Uncle do write me if know whether he has gone to Philadelphia & when he goes to Kentucky the [Previous?] informs me he has not seen him yet.

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.096, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 27