Recipient: “my dear Nat”

Lexington Easter Sunday [n.d.]

I was so glad to hear from you again my dear Nat I had made many inquiries concerning you, but could not hear anything of you. You are quite a man of note now with 2 children I pray they may live to be a blessing & comfort to you & your good wife – The apples came safely & we enjoyed them very much & were so glad to know you still remembered us, I also am pleased to hear you are satisfied with the results of the law suit It is always a very disagreeable thing among members of one family. I hear Charles is much pleased with Maryland & that he is much liked by his neighbours there – You know I have some cousins living at Elliotts Mills the Peters & Mrs George who was Ella Carter – I do not know if you ever met her She used to be very pretty My two daughters have been in Baltimore all winter & only Mildred at home Custis too takes his meals with us & 2 of his boys his little daughter Mildred too has been here all winter & I spend my mornings in teaching her, I heard of Mr Marshall the other day the husband of our sister Anne. He is now living in Baltimore & Louis with his wife & children are there with him Mary was going to stop with them – I also hear from your cousin Mary Meade quite often & as she always writes to me to send her your letters for it is too long to send you the whole, I am very sorry to hear that Philip’s health is so bad & he is so discouraged about his farming in consequence that he wants to sell Mountain View which seems to me very unwise. I should be sorry to see it go out of the family – Lawrin Fauntleroy is much pleased with her residence in Leesburgh & they are doing very well there I suppose you do not take much interest in politics up in your mountain retreat. Indeed there is nothing pleasant to learn on the subject you are much happier to be entirely ignorant of the wickedness that is going on in Congress. They are doing all they can to revenge themselves upon the South. We pray that the Almighty may deliver us out of their cruel hands. I am still much confined to my chair & can walk no better than when you saw me & much fear I never shall. The genl too has been ailing of late The weather has been most uncomfortable & trying this winter & most of the Spring & there has been a great deal of sickness produced from colds. Do you keep well & are you fond of farming Have you been able to keep your fine horses I suppose William Meade is almost ready to ride alone I have a little dress to send him so long that now I suppose it would only answer for his little sister or did I ever send it? If I did I have got it put away for you & will look for it to send you should an opportunity ever offer Your friend Mrs White lost a little son about 3 years old last summer & now has another 10 days old & is very well. The Pendletons are all well & much engaged with a Fair today which the children of the Episcopal church are holding in the vestry now for the benefit of the South. We hear much distressing accounts of the suffering there that we feel is a duty to do all we can to assuage it but alas we are all poor & can do but little. I hear of my son Fitzhugh that he is very happy with is young bride & Rob is hard at work farming & anxious to get married as soon as he can build a house for he lives in a sort of shanty Custis I do not believe has any idea of getting married – though it is quite time he was thinking of it, He, the genl, & Mildred unite with me in much love to you and your family I will deliver you the paper to your old friend here when I see them – May God bless you & yours

Your affectionate cousin

M C Lee

Robert E. Lee Papers (064 collection), Leyburn Library