<br /> Lee Letter: c015

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

I was delighted my dear Annette, by the reception of your letter today, to find there was some prospect of our seeing you next month. You will not find the journey so hard. You can reach the Rockbridge Baths the night of the day you leave Washington; only 11 miles from Lexington, and reach here the next morning to breakfast. You need not stop at Staunton, but continue to Goshen, and then take the stage, which will bring you to the Rockbridge Baths to supper, and by which you can resume your journey at 4 am next morning for this place. Tell your father I shall expect you with him. We are all to gather again. May Lloyd came on with May, and Agnes returned from the Baths yesterday where she remained with the Harrisons after her mother left, I believe I mentioned in my former letter, that she had determined to forego her trip to the Warm Springs and to return here to meet Martha Williams. Martha is with us and has her nice little Upsheer nieces. The girls are looking forward with great pleasure to your visit, but all of them together will not be so glad to see you as I will be.

I should like very much to go to Cedar Grove this Fall to see you all but there is no prospect of my doing so. Unless called by something now unforeseen, I shall not leave here till next Summer, so my only chance of seeing you is for you to accompany your father. I think a visit to the mountains will be of service to both of you. I wish you could have been here this summer, when I had more leisure than I shall have, after the College exercises commence, but I shall be thankful to see you at any time. I think your Cousin M. received some benefit from her visit to the baths. The swelling of her feet, ankles, hands &c with which she was troubled, was removed, and although she can walk no better, she is less sensitive to motion and pain and can ride with comfort. The bath was also refreshing to her, as well as invigorating, and she enjoyed it as much as the girls. I am sorry she left them so soon. You must give much love to Ella for me. May speaks much of her and her little girl. I hope the daughter will resemble the mother. Tell Mildred and May I want to see them very much, but unless they come here, I do not know when I shall have that pleasure. Remember me also to Eugenia and Alice. Custis is in Cumberland . . . and I presume will not return before . . . his duties will begin. Fitzhugh and Robert are so distant, with no P.O. nearer to them than Richmond that we rarely hear of them. And now I must bid you farewell, but with more of hope than I have felt for a long time. . . .

R. E. Lee



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