<br /> Lee Letter: c007

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

Your very kind letter of the 24th April has followed me from Savannah to this place and has been most gladly welcomed. It would give me great pleasure to continue my journey to Goodwood but I cannot longer prolong my absence from Lexington. The examinations will begin next week and I must be there if possible. But I hope to see you all this summer. If you cannot come to Lexington I must go to see you, for you know that I am always desirous of seeing you. I shall go to Richmond on Monday 23rd and after a consultation with my doctors will proceed slowly to Lexington and shall be obliged to remain there till July. I have formed no plans after that, so that if you can come to Lexington I shall be sure to see you and you know how gladly you will be welcomed by all. Cannot you be present at Commencement, the last of June, 4th Thursday. My health is much better than when I left Virginia and I am quite comfortable again. I do not know that I can ever expect more. My late attack was an aggravation of the disease that I contracted during the war, and proceeded from a violent cold that seized me while the army was before Fredericksburg. I have suffered from it ever since and it is heightened by any such cold. The sight of you always gives me so much pleasure, that I am sure it would be beneficial to me. Agnes, you are aware, accompanied me south, came with me here, where I have met your cousin Mary, who took advantage of my absence to visit her doctor son. Martha Williams is with her, so that with Fitzhugh and Robert we have quite a family gathering, Mary and Mildred are in Lexington under the charge of Custis and I presume the latter is anxious to be relieved. I have been much grieved to hear of dear Ella’s sickness. I hope that she is well again. I think the whole of you had better come to the mountains this summer. Give my love to your father, to your sisters and all the family. I have so much to say that it seems useless to write; I will therefore bid you goodbye. . . .

R. E. Lee



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