Letter from CC Lee to Ann H Lee
OCambridge Jan. 31st 1819
My dear mamma,
No event has lately occurred which gave me more pleasure, than the receipt of your letter. You _____ too, as if you were in fine health of Spirits. I hope you may long continue so. If Dr. Kirkland should state to you any of my failings let me know what they are. But really my dear mother I do not think I have much propensity to idleness of _________. I have no idea that I shall sleep or drink my days away. The rock, on which I am in the greatest danger of splitting is a disposition to aim too high, or at too much in was this, which ruined my great father, in ______ of his mighty powers. I hope, however to profit by his example.
I was glad to find from your letters that ____ thing is giving or so well in Pa. though I have not ____ the curiosity of a girl, I must confess that I should like to know what ____ relations those are, concerns (?)my whom, I must submit to the mum.
I have spent the vacation so far / and only a fortnight of it remains very pleasantly and not altogether unprofitably. I generally spend the first four or five days of the week in Cambridge, and read history and study French untill (sic) I get tired and then go to Boston, where Mr. Lyman’s is my home, to visit my kind and polite friends and acquaintances.
You may tell Ann, that the fame of my vocal powers is so great in Boston, that it is with the greatest difficulty I can resist the repeated solicitations of the ladies who are anxious to ful (?) their effect. And a few evenings since at a tea party I was so pressed to sing, that had not the lovely Mrs. Lyman interposed in my behalf, I suppose I should have been forced to gratify the fair ladies.
I want to get home so much, that it seems, when I once more set my foot on ____ happy soil, I shall never take it off again.
Give my love to Ann, S. and k her brother’s dear little sister. I shall soon see them, to stay with them forever. And my dear mother when I get home, I intend that you shall have no trouble about anything.
John Floyd(?) heard yesterday of the death of his mother. He bears it as well as an affectionate son could. But these are calamities, to which we are all exposed. Heaven sends them. Give my love to all my relations and friends; and know that I remain dear mamma,
Your affectionate son,
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, ARHO 2548