<br /> Lee Letter: c009

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

I am so disappointed you did not come up with your father. There was a nice seat for you in the buggy and we should have enjoyed your company much more than the wedding party tonight. I shall not let you suppose that you have got rid of me by staying at home, for I shall not go to Texas till I see you. So you had better come up at once and be done with it. When are you coming, for I want to see your sweet face badly? Your father will inform you that our young party left this morning for Cedar Grove. May Childe accompanied them, Fitzhugh and Charlotte were to have been of the party, but our Uncle Williams and their grandfather arrived yesterday to pay them a visit, which kept them at home. It is probable they may follow in the next boat. They win all return next week. May C – proposed going to Goodwood with Ella and I hope you will return with her. Do come. It has been so long since you were here. We have no flowers now to show you but the grass is very green and the wood very shady. The sight of you I am sure would benefit Agnes’ eyes, who longs much for your company. She and Annie have been busy of late preparing some summer dresses, and your skill in cutting would have been of vast assistance to them. I do not think they will ever be able to compete with you.

Mary Carter did not come on with the other Mays. Her heart failed her when the time arrived for their departure. She could not leave the dear Dr. I understand they are not to be married till his practice, now very slim, is sufficient to ensure a support. Lizzie Carter and Mr. John Wickham are positively engaged. Her mother told Henry Turner so, who was here the other day and was just from Shirly. Mr. William Wickham also informed me, as I passed through Hanover. There is therefore no doubt of it. Have there been any more letters from Hilly? May Lee has one of her West Point friends staying with her: Mrs. Barnes, whose husband is a surgeon in the Army and is now in California. She was a Miss Fauntleroy of Virginia. I think she looks very complacently upon your father. I have told you all the news, but I cannot tell you how much I long to see you and how much I have to tell you. You must see that for yourself. The girls left much love for you and with mine for Mildred.

R. E. Lee



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