<br /> Lee Letter: u015

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Anne Carter Lee
Recipient: Eleanor Agnes lee

My darling daughters

I have recd your joint letter of the 24th Oct: from Clydale. It was very cheering to me & the affection & sympathy you expressed were very grateful to my feelings. I wish indeed I could see you, be with you & never again part from you. God only can give me that happiness. I pray for it night & day. But my prayers I know are not worthy to be heard. I recd your former letter in Western Virginia but had no opportunity to reply to it. I enjoyed it nevertheless. I am glad you do not wait to hear from me, as that would deprive me of the pleasure of hearing from you often. I am so pressed with business. I am much pleased at your description of Stratford & your visit. It is endeared to me by many recollections & it has always been a great desire of my life to be able to purchase it. Now that we have no other home, & the one we so loved has been so foully polluted, the desire is stronger with me than ever. The horse chesnut you mention in the garden was planted by my mother. I am sorry the vault is so dilapidated. You did not mention the spring, one of the objects of my earliest recollections.

I am very glad my precious Agnes that you have become so early a riser. It is a good habit, & in these times for mighty works advantage should be taken of every hour.

I regretted much at being obliged to come from Richmond without seeing your poor mother. I hope she is well & happy with her gr[an]dchild. Fitzhugh you may have heard has come in to see his little wife.

This is my second visit to Savannah. I have been down the Coast as far as Amelia Is[lan]d to examine the defenses. They are poor indeed & I have laid off work enough to employ our people a month. I hope our enemy will be polite enough to wait for us. It is difficult to get our people to realize their position.

I have seen good old Mrs MacKay, now 83, & her daughters Mrs. Joseph Stiles (the mother of your friends) & Mrs. Elliott. Mrs Wm H Stiles is in Cass with her grdchildren. Henry & Robt Stiles are here. You may have heard that Mr. Lowe has been captured on his way from England & that Mrs Lowe is with the Glens in Baltimore. She I presume will soon be here, but he will be detained by our Yankee enemies. Give much love to all with you. Lucien Innes is here,

Your affectionate

R. E. Lee