Lexington Va: 16 Feb 1869

 

My dear Niece,[1]

 

     I have wanted So much to thank you for your kind & affectionate letter of November, but I knew how much you would be occupied with the events then in prospective, but now realized, & felt that I ought to give place to the friends near you & to their overwhelming attending & Congratulations. But though far away, my thoughts were with you through all the scenes through which you have passed, & my prayers have been regularly offered to the throne of the Most High, that He would extend over you & yours his care & love, & shown upon you such blessings as you most needed. On the 26th, your wedding day, you & Edward were especially remembered by your Aunt, myself & all your Cousins & our united wishes were uttered in your behalf.

     I hope indeed that you will be able to visit us next Summer though we can promise you nothing but our love & gratitude, for the trouble it will give you & the pleasure it will afford us.  In the meantime you must get very well, for it will require all your strength to enable you to undergo our rough life & rough County, but where tender & loving hearts will be open to receive you. In am Sure too that you will be invigorated by our mountain air & pleased with our mountain Scenery & will be better able upon your return to appreciate the delights of your own home. We shall therefore expect you. I want you too to become acquainted with all your Cousins in this Country, for I trust that there are long years of happiness in store for you & them, & that you & they may have many happy reunions when I shall not be present. I must refer you to my letter to Edward for intelligence concerning us. You & he are united in our thoughts & love now, & we embrace you both together. All write with me in expressions of warmest love & in aspirations for your lasting happiness.

 

With great affection, your Uncle

 

R E Lee

 

Madame E. L. Childe

 

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.371, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 30

 



[1] Blanche de Trigueti, who married Edward Lee Childe in 1868.

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.371, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 30