DescriptionRobert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two-sided with blank final leaf, 8" x 10", on blue lined paper, "West Point, 24 March 1853." Being a warm and loving letter from his parents to William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee. At the time of this writing, Robert E. Lee was serving as superintendent of West Point, and Rooney was attending private school in New York. Mary Custis Lee begins the letter with news from their home at West Point and continues by writing about the lovely weather, their garden, their chickens, and the activities of the cadets on the grounds. She mentions making some collars for him like those worn by the cadets and relates news from family and friends. Finally, she admonishes him to not get sick again and says she is glad to hear that he is "making up for lost time. All time is so important at your age & especially... while your heart is young & vigorous to devote your energies to that Heavenly Master whose service will repay you for all... Your mother, MC Lee."
Rooney's father then adds his own loving words to the letter. In part: "I am much cheered my dear Son by the report of your recovery & return to your studies. I fear your walks to Fort Hamilton heat you & thus glowing with perspiration you cool yourself suddenly... But now that you are well... make up for lost time in your Studies & amusements. July will be here before you know it & before you have learned all you wish." He also shares news of Rooney's brother Custis, who was attending West Point at the time: "Custis is well. He occasionally gets hold of a horse that takes a foot or two of Skin off his derriere, but it grows again... Your fond father, RE Lee." Letter has a few tiny chips at edges; one small area of separation at fold. A delightful letter from loving parents to their distant son, which reveals the close bond between all members of the Lee family. In fine condition and extremely desirable!
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