Letter, 15 March, from S. E. Goldsboro, Easton, Maryland, to Mary Randolph Custis [Lee], providing society, family, and personal news.
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when you come for auld lang syne he'll condescend - - he has already encounter'd [trials?] - - chance threw him in the way of a ball (some time ago to be sure) but I assure you as he assured me - he declined all the fair hands - & all the exhorts & looked with much imposure & philosophy, on the gay assemblage himself sitting still - I must not omit to tell you as he desired me - Mat he most respectfully joins in the afore said request - & let me say one word more on that subject - & give my best Love to yr Mother say to her she must grant our request - she has not the excuse of some poor Mothers who are afraid to let their wild children leave their side - - one word more my dear M. you certainly would talk of ceremony - you know well we always would - & would this very moment go to you if we could - - adieu - [vertically at top left side] I wish I had a [illegible] but the fools such [six words illegible] with Love to all yrs [illegible] [vertically at bottom left side] [illegible] such as up here is ill looking [illegible] send from all [illegible] friend S E G [vertically at center of page] [postmark] Easton, Md. March15 [handwritten postage] 12 1/2 [to] Miss Mary A. R. Custis Arlington near Alexandria D. C.