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Letter, 15 October, from Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, Alexandria County, to Cadet George Washington Custis Lee, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, concerning some trouble he is in at West Point.

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Arlington October 15th [c. 1850] My dear Custis I felt a little hurt during my stay in Baltimore that your weekly letters never had a kind message for your poor old Grandmother but since my return home I find a letter on my mantle piece from you which your Grandfather omitted to notice or to forward to me during my long absence from home and I now acknowledge it and thank you for it. I feared at one time that you might think me neglectful in not writing to you during the period of your difficulty at W Point but it was not till late in August a few days previous to my leaving home that I heard any thing about it and then as every thing was settled I concluded not to mention the subject to you as I had not had the power to do it at the time you most needed sympathy - When I met your mother at Dudley she said nothing on the subject wishing I suppose to spare me the pain of knowing any thing about it but an, I suppose unintentional allusion while in Baltimore induced met to ask a few questions - I had from the first moment felt sure that you had nothing to do with the forbidden article but a careless handling of it yet the consequences even of that slight deviation were so serious (and but for your previous good conduct and the kindness of your friends, and the Secretary) might have proved even more so, that I often felt deeply for you and your Parents, especially your Father who had doubtless expected you to come out like himself blameless [underlined] He never once adverted to the subject in my presence so that I know how painful it must be to him - your Mother was consoled by the idea that there was nothing sinful [underlined] in your conduct on that occasion - may she never have to mourn for the sins of her eldest born whose infantile loveliness are even now fresh in my memory