Windsor June 12th 1888


I feel too unwell to day, my dear George, to write anything but a short letter. But do not worry yourself about me. I shall soon be well again, and should not have mentioned my indisposition, but for fearing you might think I had some trifling reason for being indisposed to write my usual letter. I think the unhealthy weather this Spring and Summer has something to do with my troubles. We have first a rain; then it clears off cool, then comes very warm weather for a few days. This last spell has given me neuralgia. But this is good weather for the crops, and I thought I heard the hay-cutter going a few minutes ago. We are all quite well generally. We are looking forward now very eagerly to John’s coming next week. I hope, the Albert Sydney crew will win the boat race. John seems to look forward with as much eagerness to such a result as to passing his examination. Talking Major Rogers was at Jack’s week before last. He told them, that John was considered to hold the first rank in his class, and he was a fellow with brains. Katharine is going to Norfolk week after next to stay a fortnight. Her school will be over next Friday. I got a long letter from Mildred last week. She seemed disgusted with the weather. Had on a thick dress, she wrote, and had a fire in her room the day before. She seems to be looking forward with great pleasure to Katharine’s visit. Writes occasionally of going with her sometimes to Ocean View, and of other delights. They say, they do not want poor people at the Beach, so the terms are high. The bathing ground too is not considered safe, and as terms are more moderate, the beach safe, and the people of Norfolk can get to Ocean View by steamboat, and return the same day to Norfolk, it is much patronized by them. But, on second thought, I believe, as far as distance is concerned, Virginia Beach is just as convenient. Poor Henry has hurt his hand again. One of the men carelessly threw a box down on it. Some people seem born to trouble! Richard is very sick at Hampden & Sydney. It was thought at first he had typhoid fever, but the last accounts were more favorable. Nanny is much better. We all think the trip up there was too much for her. She made it in one day. She is now much stronger, is riding out, and likes to see her friends sometimes. She still has fevers, but they are not as frequent, or as violent. The others are well, and Fortesene looks better. It was very sweet & kind of Ella & yourself, & to send me an invitation to stay with you, so soon after your marriage. I wish, I could accept it. But it is impossible now. Duty keeps me here; & will for some time. Tell Ella, to write to her old mamma, and if she prefers it, I will not show her letters to any one. Give her my love, Robert’s, Alice’s, & Katharine’s. All here; join me in love to you, my dear son, & believe me always,

Your devoted mother,

Lucy Lee


Source: Facsimile of originals belonging to Rhonda Lee, vertical files, duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 January 13