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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Indianola, Texas, 25 March 1857


I recd by the steamer, just in from New Orleans, dearest Mary your letter of the 7th Inst: forwarded to me here by Capt Williams. It was delightful to get fresh intelligence from you again, & to learn that you considered yourself a “little better”. Any improvement is a relief, & the prospect it holds out is so cheering. I trust it may continue & that you may soon be entirely restored. You must not however delay your preparations to visit as soon as possible the mineral springs & do all in your power to resuscitate your system, which I fear, may have been much shaken. In my last letter I enclosed you Dr McCormicks prescription, & told you that he had forwarded a box of pills, therein mentioned to Col: Cooper, for you. Unless you find yourself convalescent, or being benefited by the course you are pursuing, I think you had better try it. It may be efficacious, & I do not think can do harm. The court for the trial of Capt Van Bokkelen commenced its regular sessions on the 23rd Genl Garland having arrived the day previous. Mrs Garland came with him & also Lt Craig & wife. They are on their way to New Mexico. Lt Craig graduated while we are at W. P. but you may not probably recollect him. He has just married a Miss Cutts cousin of Miss Ada. Her father’s name was Thomas Cutts & is now dead. She is a fine looking woman. I believe I told you that Mrs. Thomas accompd the major. She looks remarkably well & is fatter than I have ever seen her. Mrs Palmer accompanied her husband also, & Mrs Jones sticks to her spouse, so we have ladies attached to the court. The young women, as the Comanches would say, seem much hungry for oysters. I fear it is ominous. Time will disclose. I enjoy the sea fish myself. The oysters I think poor. The house is comfortable, but the fleas active. I am in a continual hunt, & much exercised. I do not think this case will continue long, & it is supposed will finish by the end of the week. Direct as usual therefore to San Antonio. I shall return to Camp Cooper from here. I enclose letters I had written to Rob & Mildred, & only take advantage of their transmittal to write a few lines. I will write again. Give much love to everyone. Your father, daughter, Markie, Childe, & Marie, & all the children. I wish I was with you all, but can only pray for your happiness & welfare. Affectionately & faithfully yours

R  E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 195, Section 10, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 November 7

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