<br /> Lee Letter: c006

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

I am delighted at the reception of your letter of the 11th. It recalls so many pleasant thoughts, that I am at a loss which first to express. I have been so long anxious to hear of you all at Goodwood, to learn how you were, and to speak of past events, that to satisfy my inquiries your father will have to bring you all in to Lexington. I was so much in hopes that I should have met some of you when I was in Washington. My stay there was too short to communicate with you. I knew that my only prospect of seeing you was to find you there on a visit, I was greatly disappointed that such was not the case, and cast longing looks on the hills of Prince George. I am sorry that my former letter did not reach you, as you would have known how often I had thought of you, and how much I have wanted to see you. I supposed that so old a P.O. as Queen Anne would never have been abandoned and addressed you as formerly. When Mildred returns from Cedar Grove, you must come on and see us, and tell me all that has occurred at Goodwood since I was there. You shall then have all the photographs you desire, and everything else you please. Custis and Fitzhugh are both here and so are Agnes and Mildred. Your Aunt May is a great invalid, confined to her chair, in which she can roll about the house and yard. She is otherwise well and always cheerful; and the sight of you will cheer us all amazingly. We have been hoping to see Mrs. Pedestal, but she has deferred her visit till June, and I fear will postpone it indefinitely. I hope she delivered all the messages I left for you. Robert is on the Pamunky and Fitzhugh will return there next week. He thinks he will not be able to go to Cedar Grove, though the prospect of meeting Mildred may tempt him to depart from his work. Tell her we all want to see her, and wish she would extend her visit here. Say to May a visit from her would give us great pleasure, too.

Agnes says she never received your letter which she very much regrets. The mails are now so uncertain, and my letters so often fail to reach their destination, that it prevents me from writing to those with whom I wish to communicate, and when I do from saying what I most desire. To enable me therefore to say all I wish you will have to come to Lexington. Although our residence is small we can always find room for you. I desire in July to carry your Aunt to the Alum Springs of Rockbridge, the waters of which are said to be particularly efficacious in chronic diseases; and then to some of the healing baths, to see if any amelioration of her disease can be effected. The Alum Springs are almost 16 miles distant and the Rockbridge Baths about 11, though 1 do not know that the latter are the most amenable for her. Agnes has never recovered from her attack of typhoid fever last Fall, and is still feeble from its effects. Mildred is our chief support, and though inexperienced, is quite an active housekeeper. You must tell your Papa that I hope he will be able to get to see us this summer, and he must at any rate tell us whether he will come to the mountains of Maryland, for it may be in my power in that case to visit him. My only pleasure now is a solitary ride over the mountains. I long for the pleasure of seeing you again herewith, so you must not fail to come. All unite in affectionate love to your father, Eugenia, Alice, Ella and the several sweet ones at Goodwood. . . .

R. E. Lee



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