<br /> Lee Letter: a040

Washington and Lee University

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

I see my dear Mary by the statement of my account with the Bank of Virginia Richmond forwd by Mr Marbury, that the $758.50 sent to the Farmers bank Alexa on 24 July was the amount of the July divident & the interest on the Kenawha bonds for Jany ’56. On Aug 19 Mr Truex remitted the interest of the Kenawha bonds for July ’56, $183.00, which made the amount of $941.50, for which I have sent you my checks (viz 28 July for $400, 4 Aug for $200. 11 Aug for $200 & 25 Aug for $141.50=$941.50) Mr Marbury informs me that in addition I am credited with dividend of the Bank of the Valley of $195.00 which I had supposed tohave been included in the $941.50. I now therefore send you my check of this date on the Br Farmers bank Alexa for that amount which you can draw when wanted. I send it now fearing that you have had to remit the $400. to Ftizhugh, & may be in want of funds for other purposes. If not wanted at this time, it will serve for another. As I cannot hope to receive letters from you before my return to San Antonio, & as that appears still to be distant, I wish to provide for contingencies. You will therefore I hope be enabled to furnish Fitzhugh the $400. if necessary, & have enough for the other children. My next remittance to Fitzhugh, viz for the quarter commencing 1 Decr I will send through you. So should it not reach you in time, & you have other funds for the purpose, you can send it to him, & take the draft I may forward. I have but little to add to what I said in my last letter. The Court progresses very slowly. I cannot see its probable termination. Major Porter puts in long & frequent objections to the prosecution & is very slow in all his movements & proceedings. In fact he appears very feeble & in addition must feel annoyed & worried. The officers at the Post are all preparing for their movement to Florida, & as five of the members on the Court belong to the troops destined for that service, they naturally have much to attend to. Mrs. Waite is packing up to go to the Colonel. She thinks she will be benefited by the change of climate, & indeed I hope so, for otherwise she appears to me too feeble to undertake it. Fortunately she has no children. They have good servants, a very convenient carriage, & very suitable furniture for campaigning. All of which he had made in the north. The tables, bedsteads &c can all come apart & be compactly packed, & easily set up again. Her pigeons, goats & chickens, I presume they will have to leave. If officers in the Army will get married I think they should insist that their wives have no children. This will help the matter much. Mrs. Sibley has two small children, a girl & boy with whom I have become very intimate, & who would be willing to go with me to Camp Cooper, if their mother would permit. She thinks she can take care of them in the everglades, & will tie a good <rope> around the neck of each, & put them overboard. Capt Marcy who is a member of the Court & has also to go with his Regt, is disencumbered of the madame & Miss Nelly. I expect his brother the Secy will manage to get him called East before the <illegible> of March, or should.

I trust my dear Mary you have recovered your health, & are enjoying the October weather, which is usually so pleasant in Virginia. I am very anxious to hear from you & of you, & how you all progress, but have no hope until I reach San Antonio, nor can I now even conjecture the time I will be there. I try to be content, & throw all my care & anxiety upon our heavenly father who I now will extend to us his gracious care & mercy & do for us more & better than we could, had we our own choices. May his will be done! You must give a great deal of love to your father & to all the children present & absent. Tell your father there are plenty of cats here, & I must endeavour to get one up to my Post. I hope he is well & enjoying himself. The weather is very pleasant here at this time. Last Monday (13th) a norther broke out upon us, & the thermometer went down from about 100°, to 38°. Overcoats & fires were immediately in requisition. The former I enjoyed but our tents do not furnish the latter. Genls Vidauri & Garcia are in status quo. They are still separated by the stream of San Jan & seem pleased with the view they have of each other. We occasionally hear some desultory firing, it attracts little interest or attention. Very truly &

devotedly yours.

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. 179 – 82.