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Lexington: 19 Oct ‘ 65

My dear Mary

I only recd your letter of the 9th by Mr [Moorman], yesterday. I enclose a letter to Rob on his matters. Hey may have any of my clothes he fancies, but they are all here. If he was here he could select himself a suit, & he could have the check shirts which would be capital for him this winter if he goes to farming, & I shall not want them. I have no doubt, & could find him some socks too. Mrs Cocke does not return for some weeks, I believe, & Mr Edmund was prevented by sickness from going yesterday I understand, & I do not know when he will return. I will send the photographs by whichever goes first. I am much obliged to you for the papers & letters you sent me. I have seen Mr Kane from Edge Hill who says Mary left there monday week, 9th Oct: & was to stop at Ravensworth on her way to Baltimore instead of on her return. She recd a letter from Mrs Fitzhugh, two days before her departure which changed her programme. I have been over the house we are to occupy. It is in wretched condition. Mrs M. has not yet vacated, but I have some men at work, though this storm has interrupted their operations & I fear little will be done this week. I think I can make your room comfortable. The upstairs is very convenient, & the rest of the house sufficiently so I think you had better write at once to Britt_ to send the curtains you speak of, & the carpets. It is better to use what we have, than to buy others. Their use where originally intended is very uncertain. They have been tossed about for four years, & may be lost or ruined. They Can Come by Express to Lynchburg & thence up the Canal, or by Richmond. The merchants say the former is the better way, much more expeditious & but little more expensive. They get their goods from Baltimore by Express, which runs on the R. R. to Lynchburg & thence up by packet. I told you I was willing to sit to Elder & Valentine at any time. Annie & Belle left us last tuesday evg in the Packet. Custis & I are very lonely. He has Capt Edmund. I have no one. Mr Preston Cocke has just Come into my room. He says Edmund is not much indisposed. I hope he will soon be well again. Dr Madison goes to Staunton. He is all packed up & is only awaiting the arrival of wagons to transport him. Mrs M. is in the house with her little children, without any servants, does her own cooking &c. People are very poor now, & have to live simply. Tell Agnes I am much gratified at her letter. I may not be able to answer it to day. Give much love to Mildred. I wish you were all with me. I am as usual stiff & crabbed. Remember me to Mr Thos; Cocke & all at Oakland.

Most affy yours

R E Lee

 

Mrs M. C. Lee

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 August 3