<br /> Lee Letter: w018

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Charles Carter Lee
Recipient: Nat Burwell, Jr.

My dear cousin Nat,

I received your letter through the Post Office, & was obliged to leave town the next day, which prevented me from hunting up Dr. Stribling, whom I regret I did not see. Please give my respects & make my apology to him. I am glad that I can answer favorably your inquiries about your relations. They are all well; & cousin Ann Wickham much improved in her spirits. I was at her house on the 14th of last month to meet her son’s bride, made so but a few days before. Her name, like my wife’s, (of whom she is a first cousin, daughter of Henry Taylor deceased) was Lucy Penn Taylor, only 18 years old the day of her wedding, & very diffident. It was therefore very comfortable to her to meet her cousin & myself, with whom she was well acquainted, on the embarrassing occasion of first meeting her husband’s parents. It was therefore that we went to Hickory Hill to meet the bride, though my Lucy was hardly in condition to go to Caroline to the wedding. The arrival of this sweet daughter, & the first, too, who ever bore the name in that house, was an event of great joy, & has had a most happy effect on all its inmates; which I have no doubt will be very much augmented when the grandchildren come, as they probably will in due time. Uncle Williams was at the wedding, & returned with the bride to Hickory Hill, & was the only one of the wedding party who did go except Warrington Carter, who was a groomsmman, Dr Harrison, also a groomsman & a neighbour. But though the party was small it was a happy one, & Lucy & remained a week, & then parted much to the regret of both of us.

All is going well at Shirley. They have a governess there now, & little Charlotte Wickham is one of the scholars. She is much grown & improved in every way Uncle Williams tells me. Hill is improving the farm so that he made, last year, an average of eleven barrels to the acre of corn from a field of 160 acres. He has measured up that much, that is 1700 barrels, when Uncle Williams left Shirley, & there was at least 100 barrels more to measure. And this, too, was heaping measure; & Uncle Williams thinks that when sold it will prove to be nearly 12 barrels to the acre. I think this beats your father. My brothers of whom you kindly asked are plowing other fields, where they have gathered barrels at least. But the newspapers tell you of these. The officers returned from Mexico all say that Robert’s is the most enviiable reputation in the army, & Smith has won much approbation as to be now (part of the letter is torn out but have attempted to piece the meaning together) <illegible> at Annapolis as the <Executive> Officer of the Naval School there. I shall be careful to deliver your messages to your relations & friends as I meet with them, who will no doubt receive them with great interest. Thank Carter Berkley for his recollections of me, & give him my best respects. I am sorry to hear of Patsy’s loss. Give my love to her & Nancy when you write, as also to Charles & your father, &

believe me, my dear Nat Your affectionate cousin

C C Lee

Notes:

Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

The address on the reverse reads: “Mr Nat: Burwell Care of Dr Stribling Staunton Va.” The grandson of Col. Nathaniel Burwell of Carter’s Grove died in 1866, having a son and grandson of his own named Nathaniel Burwell – one of which is cousin Nat or Nate Burwell, Jr. – most likely the son.