Lexington Va:

2 Aug 1866


My dear Mary

Mr Campbell has just informed me that Cousins George & Eleanor are with you. Tell them they must not go till I Can get to the Baths. I think the waters of the latter will do them as much good as anything they Can try, & the Sight of them will do me great benefit.

I find here much to do. But will endeavor to be with you, tomorrow evg or Saturday morg. Custis has just come, but finding me occupied with builders shook hands, got his dinner & left for the Institute. So I do not Know where he is from, or where will go next. Our neighbours are generally well & enquire for you. Col. Reid better. Tell the girls if I find them improving, I will bring them Something. Remember me to Cousins G. & E. & all the ladies &c. I have about a bushel of letters to answer & other things to do

Very affy

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Section 31, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 April 4