<br /> Lee Letter: c018

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Annette Carter

. . . be accommodated at that celebrated watering place. Agnes will accompany her wherever she goes, as her malady is supposed to proceed from rheumatism, and it is hoped that what will relieve the mother will cure the daughter. I think she would be better pleased with the white sulphur, but her Mama positively declines casting herself into that vortex of fashion and . . . Agnes like a philosopher submits. May went to Mount Vernon when I went to Cedar Grove, to pay a farewell visit to Miss Washington before her departure from her early home. She has not yet got back and is so uncertain in movements that I presume she will take Alexandra to the Seminary hill on her return and probably live up at Winchester for the Summer. I shall have to leave my interesting daughters in charge of Robert the younger, whom I expect tomorrow till I can locate his Mama where she wishes to go. Cannot you come over and enliven them? Mildred is at present absorbed in Martha Kennon who has been here since her return from Ingleside. Agnes is equally happy in the Company of Miss Jane Trumbull, who has finished her scholastic education, and rejoices in being the youngest sister of dear Charles. Think of her happiness. She also enjoyed the comfort of three of her little beaux, Charles and Lewis Conrad and a Mr. Maury from Washington, who lit upon us last evening. The evening before, Conrad the elder, and Captain Ringgold of the Navy, favoured us with their company and upon Annie’s entrance, the former seized and kissed her very much to the discomfiture of her younger sister, who received on neither evening no such attentions. . . . Our Aunt Maria is also with us and she enlivens the quiet portion of the household. Charlotte and Fl – go to the White Sulphur on the 2 August and Annie Carter of Shirly accompanies them. She will be here about the 25th. Now you know all of our plans and proceedings. What are you going to do, and where will you be, for there I wish to be also? Tell me Sweet Anita and when I shall see you, which I long to do. All unite in much love to you and the girls would send sundry messages I know, but they are absorbed in their various avocations. They talk of you constantly and always wish to see you. Remember me to your father, Sweet Ella, Mildred and May. . . .

R. E. Lee



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