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Collection Reference Number GLC03324
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1846 
Title Robert Lee to John MacKay discussing general issues
Date 30 January 1846
Author Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  
Recipient MacKay John  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects 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  
People Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward) (1807-1870)  MacKay, John (1805-1849)  
Place written Fort Hamilton, New York
Theme Women in American History; Children & Family; Health & Medicine; The Mexican War
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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