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West Point       15 March 1854



My dearest Markie


I take advantage of Mary’s letter to explain my non arrival in washington on tuesday as I had expected. I cannot leave until the arrival of Capt Cullum, who had gone to New London on some business relating to Fort Trumbull, & therefore did not receive my Summons. I expect him to night or tomorrow, in which event I shall be in Washington friday or Saturday. I shall therefore have the great pleasure of being at Arlington Saturday evg next at all events, & passing there I hope one more Sunday, where I have passed many many happy & improving ones, & where my affections & attachments are more strongly placed than at any other place in the World. Love to our dear father & Aunt Anna.

Truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, 1844-1870, Huntington Library, San Marino, California         

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 September 13