<br /> Lee Letter: w065

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Mildred Childe Lee
Recipient: Elizabeth R. Cocke

My dear Mrs. Cocke –

You were very kind to write me to me at such a moment of sorrow. And I was greatly touched by your thoughtfulness.

You have my tenderest sympathy – it must have been a terrible shock, after thinking all danger was over – and you were ill prepared to stand it, after yr sleepless night, & tiresome journey.

I am glad to think you are at the Alum now & hope the waters have already done you good. Dont you long for a dip in the broad Atlantic! I felt so disconsolate that morning on my return from the bath, to find you both gone and your room deserted – and each succeeding day missed you more than I can tell.

I am always hearing the waters sounding, & seeing the breakers curling, & feeling that salt sea breeze – I have forgotten the silly women, & stupid Ned, & every thing unpleasant, & remember only the glorious sea.

Mamma has taken possession of my shells for punishment tho. I have retained one or two as my own dear reminder of the past.

I only reached home two days ago – spent a week in Norfolk, when I was in a suppressed state of indignation in the breeze & surf question – & a week at Rocklands – the country place of the Haxalls; and today I have been busy unpacking, & rearranging my effects.

We are all looking forward with great pleasure to yr return here – tho. I know it will be a sad visit to you. I have not yet seen any of yr Brother’s family – but shall make that my first visit. My love & a kiss to little Elizabeth – how does the spelling come on!

Agnes joins me in dear love, & in hoping to see you soon in Lexington –

Momma told you of herself, so there is nothing left me but to say good bye – With many loving wishes

Yrs most affly

Mildred Lee

Notes:

Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

The letter’s envelope is addressed “Mrs Elizabeth R. Cocke Oakland Near Carterville Cumberland County Virginia.” The year is conjectural, based on the apparent birth in 1866 of Elizabeth Randolph Cocke’s granddaughter “little Elizabeth.”