Gergreen near Alexa Va

   April 20th/86


Mr Samuel M Duncan

My dear Sir

Your letter of the 11th inst has been duly received - My father was Sidney Smith Lee formerly of the United States Navy - He was the second son of General Henry Lee of Revolutionary fame by his second wife Anne Carter - the three sons being Charles Carter Sidney Smith & Robert Edward    My father was born in 1805 at Camden New Jersey - My Grandmother being there on a visit to her friend Mrs Smith after whom he was named.  My Grandfather at the time was in Philadelphia attending the session of the Convention which he was a member - My mother was the daughter of Gen John Mason the fourth (Page 2) son of George Mason the former Senator from Va & C- was an uncle of mine being my mothers brother John G. Masons relationship with my mothers family is very distant &  can scarcely be traced - My fathers sons were Fitzhugh born 19th Nov 1835 at Clermont Fairfax Co Va the residence of his maternal Grandfather   Second - Sidney Smith born in Georgetown Febry 10th 1837 - third John Mason born at Clermont Va Jan - 4th 1839 - fourth Henry Carter born at Clermont Va Jan- 7th 1842 - fifth Daniel Murray born in Alexandria Va July 14th 1843. Sixth Robert Carter born at Clermont Va Nov 17th 1848 - seventh Eilbeck Mason born at Cameron Fairfax Co Va Febry 17th 1853.  And died 7 months afterwards - All the other sons are still living.  My father died in 1869.  I think I have answered all your questions & will always be very (Page 3) glad to give you any information in my power-

Very truly yours

Fitzhugh Lee