Letter, 15 March, from S. E. Goldsboro, Easton, Maryland, to Mary Randolph Custis [Lee], providing society, family, and personal news.
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Myrtle Grove March 15 My dear friend - We have been holding council for the last hour & Mary has just this instant gone down stairs & left me to inform you of the result, & as you - yr dear self was the sole subject of it, it is some what material to our plan at least, you should be apprised of it - can't you guess it, dont you know our most natural & ardent wish whenever we think of you - - - We have cherished the idea & a secret hope for a long time but the time is approaching for having it realized - Mr Fitzhugh in his letter to Papa says he shall see us at the usual period & we determined at once to give you timely notice - - - - now do not for a moment oppose this our fond & positive expectation - - it is so very convenient & so easy in all respects that I can't foresee one serious objection saving indeed yr own free will & pleasure (what I beg yr pardon I never thought of