<br /> Lee Letter: v028

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

My dear Brother

Your affectionate letter of the 26th Ultimo has been forwarded to me at this place. I am not aware how far rumor might have exaggerated the account of Mary’s health, and I am sorry it has reached you in any form, before I should have it in my power to inform you that much improvement has taken place. Since the Commencement of Spring She has gradually improved in health and appearance; until about Six weeks since, when she was taken with the mumps, which appeared to throw her all back again, and in a few days after the disappearance of which, She became extremely ill, affected with fever, which fell upon the brain, and Seemed to overthrow her whole nervous system. During this time she suffered extremely, and what I then experienced could never be repeated. About three weeks ago she was partially relieved, and in a few days afterwards was well enough to travel. When we put her in the carriage and brought her here. She has improved somewhat since our arrival, though as far as I am able to judge the waters have contributed very little, or indeed nothing towards it. Had they given any indication of benefiting her, it was my intention to have carried her on to the White Sulphur Etc, and I have been only waiting to decide this matter which has prevented me from writing to you, till this time as I wished you if possible to have met us there. Your letter arrived yesterday, and I hasten, as far as possible to relieve your anxiety. I am told these waters are of the same nature as those at the White Sulphur, though much weaker, and as they have had no effect, I think it would be better to try others of a different character. We shall leave here in a day or two, and will stop perhaps a week or so at Some of the Sulphur Springs in Frederick on our way to Bath and Bedford, the waters of which are said to be particularly efficacious in complaints proceeding from the Stomach. I myself have more confidence in the continuous journeys, diversifying the scene, amusing the mind, and endeavoring to strengthen the body. Perhaps the water of some of these springs may act as tonics upon her system, and thereby produce much good. Her nervous system is much shattered, She has almost a horror of crowded places, an indisposition to make the least effort, and yet a restless anxiety which renders her unhappy and dissatisfied. Her Mother is with us and both the little Children, and as we have to travel with two Carriages and four Servants, our party is so large that it makes it unpleasant to visit any of our friends, the sight of some of whom would be very pleasing to our dear Mary. We came directly here in easy stages without visiting any one, and will be obliged to continue this mode of traveling, until Mary is well enough to dispense with the attendance of her Mother, when we can separate. The Children are very well, and Boo looks anxiously to the line of the Blue ridge Mountains, and daily enquires behind which of them his Uncle Carter lives, and when we are going to his House. This is a very pretty place and they have expended much money and labor in beautifying, and improving it. The Houses are very good, rooms comfortable, grounds tastefully arranged, and every one attentive and accommodating. There is a good deal of gay company from several of the Cities, and some of our friends and acquaintances from the Neighborhood and elsewhere. Mary, Mother and Boo all send much love And I remain as ever

Your Brother

R E Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

This letter is addressed “To/ C. C. Lee Esqr, Counsellor at Law, Spring Camp, Near, Stoney Fork, Floyd County VA.” The return address is “Warrenton Springs Va, Aug. 3.”