West Point 31 May 1854


My dear Mr Bonaparte


                                                                        I am very glad to hear that you & Jerome are about to embark for France.  It will be as agreeable to you as beneficial to him, & I think you can take great pleasure in comparing him with his Princely relations.   When worth makes the man & rank is the stamp, his head can tower as lofty as the best.


I am very sorry that you will not have time to pay us a visit, but can readily understand your engagements.   You forget that Examination Commences tomorrow,  when you speak of my being in New York.  I should with much pleasure go down to meet you, but you will see that it is impossible - I am much obliged to you for your kind offer to take charge of any commissions, & you will see by the enclosed that I have taken advantage of it.  You must also remember me very kindly to Mrs. Hoffman if you see her, & do not forget to give Mrs Lees & Bonapartes regards to the Dr


I hope you will have a safe and pleasant voyage, & much satisfaction from your visit, & that you & J may speedily return to us -


I shall certainly see Mrs B_ as I pass through Baltimore, & as you expect to return so soon, will hope to find you there on my return to W. P_  I have much to do, & have besides to meet Mr Washn Irving at dinner today-


Wishing you both every happiness

I remain most truly yours



R E Lee


Jerome N. Bonaparte Esq