<br /> Lee Letter: w019

Washington and Lee University

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

My dear Nat,

I am a week behind my time in answering your letter, but I have been to busy in the harvest-fields, & my energies so prostrated by a bad cold that you must excuse me; I regretted very much not seeing Charles as he passed through town on his way home; for I had parted with him at a ball very unceremoniously having been carried off by some ladies who had pressed me in their service, & never met with him again. But – I hope he was sufficiently pleased with his visit to repeat it, & that he will stay longer the next time. There has been another wedding since he was here, & that in the house of your friends the Lyinses. I dare say you have seen that Miss Lolly Roane, the niece Mrs. Lyins has married Edward Harrison. The happy pair have been spending most of their time since at the Brandons which they returned from only two days ago. All our relations in the neighborhood have been so busy of late with their harvests that I have seen none of them; but I hear they are all well; & that they have had a fine time for getting in their wheat. But – the oats are half ruined by the drought & the corn is beginning to suffer. As I understand this drought is partial I hope it has not reached you, but that the Roanoke corn is flourishing as in the days when it used to fatten Jacob Faithful. I assure you I remember those days with great pleasure. I hope your father enjoys his usual health & a fish-fry occasionally. We have rather dull times hereabouts just now, & this hot weather makes me anxious for the mountain breezes & I expect to be moving towards Hardy about the last of July. I have attended the arrival of the Southern cars for the last three mornings in hopes to see Robert get out of them, but have been disappointed, & now fear he has taken the route up the Mississippi. However it is great gratification to see that he has arrived safely in the country.

I was glad to find from your letter that your grandmother’s health continues so good. I beg you will present me to her most cordially & also to your uncle Tom & family. Tell Charles that I hear Betty Harrison intends spending the whole summer at home. My love to him, your father & sisters & their children, & my respects to Johanna.

Yours most truly

C C Lee


Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

The address on the reverse reads: “To Nat Burwell Jr Esq Drossmore Near Salem Roanoke Co Va.”