Letter, 15 March, from S. E. Goldsboro, Easton, Maryland, to Mary Randolph Custis [Lee], providing society, family, and personal news.
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before) but my dear M. you recollect yr last visit & you have often been polite enough to express the gratification it yielded you - would you consent to a repetition & nothing would so delight me as to recall & live over again every circumstance - - - I can't allure you by any fresh or very tempting incitement I beleive [sic] you would find all things pretty much in status Quo (one of yr own classical terms) except I think if possible you wd. find us more glad to see you - how would you like to dance a reel again? have you forgot the [illegible] how many things crowd upon me I have not thought of for a long time - my dr [dear] [illegible] - the old minstrel the garret at [A?] Creek &c &c - we will talk it all over together - it all depends on you my dear M. & you will not disappoint us - - We have liv'd long days without seeing each other - & if you are as anxious as we, there is no fear of the result - I wont talk about once again perhaps the last - & all that there - to [move?] yr "sensibility" I leave that to yr own secret reflection - My Father & Mother & [the others?], too numerous to name join me in this request to yr Father Mother & self - & M. & [illegible] on our knees at yr feet if you please entreat to conclude we shall expect you with cousin Maria and [illegible] F. - & we are already restless & impatient for the time - - you must immediately write Mat you will come mind, we will hear nothing else - - Cousin E. I hear has got home again I want to see her - & to ask her about you & all in Mat quarter - I hope we shall be able to induce [Mama?] to go to S. [illegible] Easter holliday [sic] little [Hellen?], is no [illegible] more going to school, - as the society of her friends there will be of much benefit to her - & then I hope Cousin Eliza will return with her - - think of dear little [illegible] being away 6 months - Mr Wm. too & [Jaysa?] absent - the old minstrel was left sole Director of the [illegible] department by the bye though I must cease with my gibes on Mat score - you'll find all alterations there - - in his own words he has forsaken practising for preaching - - no more legendary tales - no more of that sort - I don't know though perhaps