<br /> Lee Letter: c014

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

I reached here the beginning of the week, found all well, and all regretted that you did not return with me. If I was to tell you that the whole of the regrets felt by the household together, did not equal mine at one moment of my journey or since, you must not think that it was owing to their paucity. But I need tell you nothing on the subject so I will pass on to something else. I had a very pleasant visit to Ravensworth and Mrs. Fiizhugh was much interested in all I had to say about the family at Goodwood, and seemed hardly to realize that my cousin Charles could assemble around him such a numerous progeny. I found the Misses Selden here but the Misses Johnston had left, and that Mildred had taken advantage of my absence to fill the house with kittens. She is difficult to satisfy on that subject but when I get my dog trained . . . I hope to disperse them. I am glad that General Bier was successful in his mission to Washington but sorry that I did not see him in Annapolis. I hope that the mother of “Annette Carter” continues well and that Mildred has finished her preparations for the W. Sulphur. I am glad that Ella has carried her children with her and am so sorry at the death of her little Archie. But he has been saved much sorrow and suffering by his early departure and as far as he is concerned there is nothing to regret. His parents alone call forth my sorrow.

I was obliged to give up my visit to the White House. The weather was so hot and I was so painful that 1 thought it better for me to return and keep all my misery to myself. I am desired by my physicians to try the waters of the Hot Springs but am very loth to do so. If I go I shall be very much benefited to run over and see Ella. I hope that she is feeling the good effects of the mountain air. There are two English ladies here, the Misses Laird, daughters of the gentleman who built the Alabama. They are fine specimens of exuberant health and are going to the W. Sulphur to see the country and the people of Virginia. They took tea with us this evening and expressed great sympathy with the South and paid many compliments to her people. I did not intend to write you a letter tonight Annette, but took up my pen merely to divert my thoughts from you a little, but fear I have not succeeded so I will stop. Goodbye you sweet child. All send love to you. . . .

R. E. Lee

If I go to the Hot it will be about the 5th instant.



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