<br /> Lee Letter: a082

Washington and Lee University

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

Another Express from San Antonio dear Mary has arrived without bringing me any letter. I am therefore ignorant of your whereabouts, or of the cause of your silence. I hope it is not occasioned by your own indisposition or of that of dear Annie. I had hoped that my anxiety on this subject would have been relieved by this arrival, but I must now wait for the next. I pray to our heavenly father that he may keep you all in health & happiness, & that I may have more cause for thankfulness & gratitude for his numberless mercies even than I now have & in time learn of your comfortable condition. Since I last wrote (22 June) nothing of consequence has occurred. It has been & still is excessively hot. Yesterday the thermometer at 2 P.M. stood at 112°. Today it seems equally hot though I have not yet heard the range of the mercury. The thermometer is kept at the hospital tent, the largest & coolest place we have, & the range of the mercury is noted & recorded every day. I have been out four days the past week reconnoitering the country & looking for springs, in which I have not had much success. We have also had an alarm that a large body of Indians were coming down from the North to attack our camp & the indians on the Reserve. The news was brought by two Comanches, who saw two of the hostiles 20 miles north of us, who endeavoured to get them to their camp, but they fled & brought in the news. The Indian camp was in great excitement & they kept their horses saddled all night. However mng broke & found them undistrubed. I confess I was incredulous, & went to bed with no expectation of being aroused. I believe their apprehensions have somewhat subsided.

I recd lately a letter from Mr Newlands, dated last Jany saying he had sold our old range to Dr Moore for $20. & remitting me the money. The range was cracked & Major Dilafield wanted a new one. There was nothing appertaining to it, all the utensils having been sent to Arlington. I believe that finishes the disposition of our effects at the Point, & I merely mention it for your information. I also recd a very kind letter from my old friend Major Beauregard of the Engrs. He was at New Orleans but preparing to go on a board ordered to examine the Gulf with a view to the projection of a system of defense. He said he was getting very tired of working for other people, & longed for the day when he could work for himself. I have heard nothing from Custis, Rooney, or Mary & presume they are all well. I hope the latter reached Arlington before her Uncle Childe left, for I wished her to be with him & Marie as much as possible. You must by this time be at bath & I hope are enjoying its refreshing waters & reaping the benefit of its healing powers. I long much dear Mary to hear of your being well again & trust that you will soon be so. Give much love to your father, all the children, & all friends with you. As I have nothing of interest to say, I will now bid you adieu. God bless & preserve you all is the constant prayer

of yours truly & foundly

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. 374 – 76.