<br /> Lee Letter: w039

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee, Jr.
Recipient: Edmund R. Cocke

Dear Capt Edmund

If there is any one in your neighborhood who wants to get married & is not particular, if she will build me a house & live in it she can have me & tell Willie I’ll borrow his <illegible> done the day after he becomes supremely happy. You can judge from these very rash remarks of the state of mind I am in likewise that of my house & housekeeping & sundries.

Please let me know by return mail if I have to make you an apology for not meeting you at the Exchange according to agreement; but Mrs Caskie had gone out with the key of my baggage & did not return until 8 P.M. ergo my delay but when I returned they told me you had left bag & baggage. I came within an inch of having a chill but a kind friend took me in to the bar (convenient you know) & we both took the bath hot strong & some sugar & lemon in it which turned my liver from its vile intentions.

I concluded you must have been taking the bath several times & had concluded to ride up to Oakland that night.

I left town that evening & reached the White House (New Kent Wasn. C.C.) On the 2nd nite & commenced having chills that day & had them with out intermission except for meals & grog time until the 5th when I left that ranch & came to this one: And here I am as lonely as if I was the last man.

I have gotten team and CVC & have been fixing up, but if the weather is favorable I should commence plowing this week.

Tell Mrs. Preston that the Photographic Man succeeded after a hard struggle in getting me on paste board, but it looks so much like I had a chill, that I can’t send her one, but will as soon as I grow prettier which I hope to do as soon as fishing season commences –

Present my kindest regards to your mother & the other ladies & gentlemen & do pray write me how you got out of town so quick & direct <one> Mr James K. Caskie Richmond Va & believe me sincerely

your friend

Robt E Lee, Jr
formerly Lt CSA (& so called at large)
and now an Esquire dwelling in the wildest woods
of the loneliest corner of King William Co.
said co. being the loneliest of the lonely.

Notes:

Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

The letter’s envelope is addressed: “Capt: Edmund R. Cocke Carterville Cumberland County Virginia.”