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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1846
|Robert Lee to John MacKay discussing general issues
|30 January 1846
|Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)
|Written as Captain of Topological Engineers working on the defenses of New York City harbor. Written in a playful manner typical of his other letters to MacKay, a close friend. Lee worries about MacKay's lingering illness and hopes the warm Gulf air may improve his health. He discussed at length a recent snowfall and the festive atmosphere of the city. He comments merrily on the ladies and a sleigh ride down Broadway in a large "omnibus" sled where he offered a woman his seat rather than his lap since, "it would not sound well if repeated in the latitude of Wash[ingto]n that I had been riding down B[road].W[ay] with a Strange woman in my lap." He then discusses his family. Lee mentions the possibility of war with Mexico but concedes that they will do nothing but talk. Lee and MacKay met and became friends as cadets at West Point.
|Military History Confederate General or Leader Friendship Health and Medical Sports and Games Transportation Humor and Satire Women's History Children and Family Latin and South America Mexican War Global History and Civics
|Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870) MacKay, John (1805-1849)
|Fort Hamilton, New York
|Women in American History; Children & Family; Health & Medicine; The Mexican War
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859