Lexington Va: 2 July 1869
My dear Nephew
Mr. Richard S. McCulloh, Profr of Mechanics and Physics in Washington College, whom you may recollect having met while here, goes to Europe to obtain such information & to establish such relations as may be advantageous in developing instruction, especially in the Scientific & industrial courses of Study, in this College.
He is a modest & Scientific gentleman, who will devote himself to the accomplishment of his object, & will have little time for pleasure, still I have thought he might be able to look at you & my niece, so as to tell me how you are & where you are coming over to give us the pleasure of the Sight of you both. It might be convenient to him also to have some gentleman of your standing to refer to & should he stand in need. I commend him to you, & ask that you draw upon me to the amount of 5,000 francs if necessary.
I have not heard from you for a long time. Your Aunts last letter will have told you of our plans for the Summer. I shall take her to the Rockbridge Baths, about 12 miles from here, the middle of this month, & after comfortably locating her, will go on with two of the girls to the white Sulphur Springs & expect to return early in September.
I hope you have recd our letters. I wrote to you a long time ago & directed my letter as you presented to 25 Rue d’Astory, Paris.
I have just got through with the examinations of the College & feel freer. If you & my niece were only here to go with me to the White Sulphur I should be happy. Everything passed off pleasantly & the young people seemed to enjoy themselves. The girls have six of their young acquaintances staying with them, which assembles daily a large concourse of the other Six, provoking rather too much confusion for your Cousin Custis & Uncle.
All would send love & messages if they knew I was writing.
Give my special love to my niece & believe me your affectionate Uncle,
R E Lee
Mr. Edward L. Childe
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.377, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 1