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Collection Reference Number GLC08894
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1847 
Title Robert E. Lee to Matilda Mason regarding several matters, including the layout of Mexico City
Date 20 September 1847
Author Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Recipient Mason, Matilda  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Responds to a previous letter from Matie, possibly a relative by marriage. Mentions mutual acquaintances, including a fellow soldier named Rhett. Relates that he occupies a suite of apartments belonging to Senora Santa Anna (wife of former Mexican leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) at the National Palace. Discusses Senora Santa Anna's flowers at length. Supposes Mexico City's "principal people have fled..." Discusses characteristics and the layout of the city, including the position of the National Palace and museums. States that Bankhead (possibly Charles Bankhead) serves as the British minister to Mexico, and that Bankhead's wife invited him for a visit. Writes "It will be sweet to hear the English language upon a woman's tongue again. I think I will go today." Reflecting on the U.S.-Mexican War, declares "War is a great evil. It brings much individual as well as National Suffering. The sight of every battle field has made my heart bleed. The glorious dead were at rest... But it was for the living that I sorrowed." Discusses Santa Anna's departure and the dispersal of the Mexican army. States that despite these circumstances, Mexicans refuse to acknowledge defeat. Mentions Jose Joaquin Herrera, who had previously replaced Santa Anna. Discusses the will of Colonel Pinckney.
Subjects Confederate General or Leader  Mexican War  Latin and South America  Military History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Refugees  Museum  Women's History  Diplomacy  Battle  Death  
People Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  Mason, Matilda (fl. 1847)  Santa Anna, Antonio López de (1794-1876)  Herrera, José Joaquín de (1792-1854)  
Place written Mexico City, Mexico
Theme The Mexican War; Foreign Affairs; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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