<br /> Lee Letter: w034

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: William Henry Fitzhugh Lee

My dear Fitzhugh

I was very glad to receive by the last Packet from Richmond your letter of the 22nd. We had all been quite anxious to hear from you & were much gratified to learn that you were all well & doing well. It is very cheering to me to hear of your good prospects for corn & your cheerful prospects for the future. God grant they may be realized, which I am sure they will be if you will unite sound judgment to your usual energy in your operations. As to the indictments, I hope you at least may not be prosecuted. I see more reason for it, than for all who ever engaged in the war. I think however we may expect procrastination in measures of relief, & denuncialary threats etc – We must be patient & let them take their course. As soon as I can ascertain their intention towards me, if not prevented, I shall endeavour to procure some humble but quiet abode for your mother & sisters, when I hope they can be happy. As I before said, I want to get some grass country, where the natural product of the land will do much for my subsistence. I rode down last week to your Uncle Carters, & spent a day with him & one at Belmead & <illegible>. On my return I found Agnes quite sick, she having been taken with fever the day I left. She is better I hope poor child, but terribly reduced & prostrated, nor is she yet relieved of her disease. Custis I hope is well but still complaining. He spends most of his time with Misses Cocke, & should he not get a position at the Mil: Institute, speaks of joining your party, as he is tired of doing nothing. Your Mother is about the same, but suffers much from the hot weather which causes her feet & limbs to swell & gives use to pain. Mildred is my only reliance & support. She is very active & attentive & but for her I do not know what Agnes would do. Our house is small & excessivley hot, more so to me than a hut would be. Our neighbors are very kind & do everything in the world to promote our comfort. If Agnes is well enough, I propose next week to ride up to <illegible>. I wish I was near enough to see you. Give much love to Rob & John, the Carters <illegible> etc – All unite in love & best wishes for you all – most Afftd

your father

R E Lee

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Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library