<br /> Lee Letter: a038

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee

I am grieved by your letter of the 19th 23rd Ulto my dearest Mary to find that your visit to the Springs has not restored you to health as I had hoped. Never having heard how you were affected, or the exact nature of your disease, I can only conjecture as to your disability or suffering. God grant they may be less than I fear, & pray he may relieve you in his own time. I hope you may have gone to Berkley, as you talked of doing, & that you may there have found relief, which you failed to receive at Warm Springs.

There was no necessity of Rooneys leaving for Cambridge when he did. Had he have stayed, he would have recd my letter, & you the one I wrote concerning him enclosing a draft for $200. & had plenty of time to reach his college. He thinks entirely of his pleasures, & not of what is proper to be done. I fear he pursues the same course at college, & have never seen the necessity of his leaving there. However that is over, & all that he can do is to repair his loss, if he can do so. It would have been better for you to have got him a draft for the $400. check on the Farmers Bank of Virga Alexa. The Bank of Commerce will not pay your check for $400. if the money was deposited to my credit, but as you have recd my check of 28 July for $400.00 & hope all the others viz of 4 Aug for 200.00 of 11 Aug for 200.00 &of 15 Aug for 141.50 Making in all – $941.50 You can make good to him the Amt of $400. for which you checked on Mr Vail, if not paid & I will refund it to you when I hear. You must be very particular dear Mary in money matters. Every time you have mentioned the amt deposited in Bank of Commerce, you have stated it differently. You cannot depend on your memory, but must keep a memorandum book & set everything down. I have written to Mr Vail to invest the money in the bonds of State of Virga or Missouri, as may be most advisable & keep them for me for the present. The first opportunity I will have them sent to you.

I am passing through here on my way to the Rio Grande. Arrived last night & go on this morg. I write therefore in much haste. I found here the letter I have mentioned 19 – 23 Aug. The others I presume have gone to Camp Cooper.

Tell your father he must do what he thinks best about a manager for the White House. I am so far, my movements so uncertain, & our mails so irregular that he cannot depend on hearing from me. I will do all I can, but I fear if he waits to hear from me the time for action may pass. I wish I was where I could relieve him of the trouble.

Give much love tohim, the children & all friends. I am delighted to hear of Annies improved state of health. Tell Mary I have recd her letter from R[avensworth]

I have no time for more God bless you all

prays yours Devotedly

R E Lee


Ely-DeButts PapersLibrary of Congress

Transcribed in Francis Raymond Adams, Jr., An Annotated Edition of the Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, April, 1855 – April, 1861, pp. 169 – 71.