<br /> Lee Letter: u027

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Mildred Childe Lee
Recipient: Edmund Jennings Lee

My dear Ned

I see that the cares of a family have not added to your dignity nor lessened your frivolity! Now that you have a daughter’s future before you, I advise you to let mine alone – it being past redemption. See that she marries at 18 to a well-to-do man like Mr. Philips – not a broken down scum of an effete aristocracy! As to my “wrappers” I have added to my store & now appear morning – noon – night in the most seductive négligés. I still wear the old red in the sanctity of my chamber. I shall not forget to look in upon you, when I pass thro your village & whenever you care for gay society – come here. I took a long ride yesterday – David Moore my cavalier! To such extremes am I reduced! To day is Dr. Martin’s wedding day! It seems that I alone, among the mortals am unable to wed.

I send you the autographs & wish it was a clearer one but it is all I have – Kiss the baby for me & give my kindest remembrances & congratulations to the Mama – Yrs Always Sincerely –