<br /> Lee Letter: w234

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Robert E. Lee, Jr.

My dear Butus

I only recd a few days ago your letter of the 12th. I am very sorry to hear of your afflictions, but hope you have shaken off all them. You must keep you eyes open you precious boy, & not run against noxious vines & fevers. I just returned from a visit to Fluvanna. I rode up the grey & extended my peregrination into Albemarle, but no further than the Green Mt: neighborhood. I made short rides, stopping every inst with some friend & had a very pleasant time. I commended you to all the young ladies on the couch, but did not know I was extolling beaus. You must go up & see Miss Francis Gatt. Tell Fitzhugh I wrote to him before I went away. I am glad to hear that your corn is so fine, that you are making preparation to put in a good crop of wheat. I wish I had a little farm somewhere to be at work too. Custis is paying a visit to his friend Capt Nulting in Powhatan. He came for him last Saturday & bore him off. He has got quite well now & I hope will continue so. Agnes is also again well though still feeble & thin. Your Mother, Life & myself, as usual. We have not heard for some time from daughter. A report has reached us of her being at Nat Burwells. Miss Mary Cocke & her brother John paid us a short visit from Saturday to Monday, & several of our neighbors have been over to spend the day. We have a quiet time which is delightful to me, but I fear not so exhilarating to the girls. I missed Uncle Carters visit. He & his Robert rode up on a pair of colts while I was in Fluvanna & spent several days. I wish we nearer you boys. I want to see you very much but do not know when that can be. I hope Johnny is well. I have heard nothing from his father since we parted in Richmond, but hear that Fitz has gone to see his mother. All here send their best love to you & I pray that every happiness may attend you.

Your devoted father

R E Lee

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