<br /> Lee Letter: w355

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: E. C. Gordon

My dear Mr Gordon

I shall leave here tomorrow noon for the Hot & if nothing prevents shall leave there on Thursday the 10th for Lexington. It will depend upon the condition in which I find Mrs Lee and Mildred whether they will accompany me – When I last heard the latter was steadily though slowly improving – I think I am better than when I came here & hope I shall continue to improve.

I am sorry Mr Wolmendorf cannot supply me with the wood – I prefer hickory to oak, & there was a gentleman whose name I cannot now recall that supplied Mr Campbell with some year before last. If he or anyone else can furnish me with 30 (thirty) cords of seasoned wood at a fair price please engage it for me. If you cannot engage hickory engage me some oak. I prefer the red to white oak.

I hope I shall find you and all my friends well on my return & that you have been able to accomplish all the events you desired – Say to Mr Nilson if Capt Estill leaves us he must make other arrangements for an assistant – With kind regards to every one,

I am very truly yours

R E Lee

Mr E. C. Gordon

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R. E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library