Warrenton Dec 25


Genl R. E. Lee

Dear Sir

Pardon what may seem negligence on my part after commencing a correspondence on a subject in which we both are interested, to suspend it so abruptly - My apology must be, that I have --?-- a letter from my Mother in Law,@ Mrs. Jas. K. Polk of Nashville, Tenn, with whom I placed the watch requesting her to take care of it, until called for.

I have written her of an entirely safe opportunity offered, to send it to me - I shall probably be in Washington about the last of Jannuary (sic)- Be assured that we will use our best efforts to have it returned to you at as early a time, as it can with safety be done, taking into consideration the distances the Parties are from each other.  I will write you immediately on hearing from Mrs Polk.

With kind Regards

Mrs. W. H. Polk

Genl Lee


Notation on reverse in General Lee=s handwriting:

25 Dec >65

Mrs. W. H. Polk

in reference to a

watch said to

have been taken

from Arlington