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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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.



Rockbridge Baths

25 Sept ‘65


I recd today dear Mary your letter of the 17th & am very glad to hear of Robs arrival & that you are all well. I am sorry that I missed seeing the latter, but find it was necessary that I should have been present at the meeting of the Bd of Trustees on the 20th. They adjourned on the evg of the 21st & on the morg of the 22nd I wrote over here, where I found Annie & Miss Belle. The latter is very sad & deeply distressed at the death of Mrs Cross but quiet & resigned. The former is very well, but not as round as the winter. The babies are well & sweet. I have taken the baths every day since my arrival, & like them very much. In fact they are delightful & I wish you were all here to enjoy them. The temperature is a little cooler than the Berkeley baths, but equally pleasant. Annie & Billie go in two & sometimes three times a day. Yesterday I pursued some horses & look them up to the top of the Jump Mt: where we had one of the most beautiful views I ever saw. Today I could get but one horse & miss Belle & I rode up. Hays creek valley, which possessed beauties of a different kind. I shall return to Lexington on the 29th. I perceive as get no change in rheumatic affection. I shall be obliged to go to Hotel which I dislike Dr Madison I fear will not be able to get out of the house at the college for some walks & we probably shall not get in it till 1 Novr. I can probably speak more definitely on my return. There is no situation at Washn College which Genl Chilton can fill at present. Tell Custis I am much obliged to him for his attention to my baggage. All the articles enumerated by him arrived safely at Col: Reids Thursday morg early & I had them stored there till my return. I also recd the package of letters he sent. I recd a letter from Dr Guild to which I have responded. I hope he may receive the appt at the V. M. Institute. Every one interested, has expressed a desire he should do so, & I am more desirous than all of them. If he Comes by land, he will find the route I took very pleasant & about 108 miles viz: Bremo Dr Wilmes Waynesborough, Greenville. He will find me at the Lexington Hotel. I have written to Mr Jarius Green at Alexa to know if he could supply us with such furniture as we may require. Diningroom, Parlour & three bedrooms. I presume provisions of all kinds Can be Insured in Lexington. Sugars, Coffee &c all come up the canal from Richmond. I wish you were all with me. I feel very solitary & miss you all dreadfully. Give much love to the girls & boys. Kind remembrances to Mrs P Miss Louisa & Mr Thos: Cocke. I have no news. Most affy R E Lee

P.S. Annie & Bell send a great deal of love to all REL


Mrs. M. C. Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 596, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 2 

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