Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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So it was all settled satisfactorily; my brother gained his point,and my father arranged his affairs so that he could absent himselfwithout detriment to his work at the college. He left on the appointedday and hour, and the morning after arriving in Richmond, writes mymother:

"Exchange Hotel, Richmond, November 26, 1867.

"My Dear Mary: We reached here yesterday about 4 P. M., after a notuncomfortable journey, and found Fitzhugh waiting for the importantevent. I doubt whether his house will be finished, from his account,till January, though he thinks it will. His plans, I believe, asfar as he can form them, are to leave Petersburg the morning afterthe wedding for Baltimore, where they will probably send a weekgathering up their furniture, etc., and after that all is undetermined.I renewed the invitation for their visit to us, but he could notdecide. Robert is expected to-morrow. Mildred is well and seemsto be perfectly happy, as she had on, last evening, a dress abouttwo yards longer than Norvell's. I saw Mr. Davis, who looksastonishingly well, and is quite cheerful. He inquired particularlyafter you all. He is at Judge Ould's. No one seems to know whatis to be done. Judge Chase had not arrived yesterday, but it wasthought probable he would reach here in the ten o'clock train lastnight. I have not heard this morning. I will present myself tothe court this morning, and learn, I hope, what they wish of me.Williams Wickham is here, and will attend the wedding. Annie willalso go. Fitzhugh is to go out to Hickory Hill this morning, andreturn this afternoon, to pay his adieux. Mrs. Caskie was not welllast evening. The rest as usual, and send much love. Custis iswell, and I have my clothes. I left my sleeve-buttons in my shirthanging up in my dressing-room. Ask Cornelia to take care of them.Mr. Alexander said he would send you up some turkeys, and ColonelJohnston, that he would help you revise the manuscript. It is timeI should get my breakfast, as I wish to transact some businessbefore going to court. Give much love to the girls and everybody.I hope you are well and will want for nothing while I am away. Mosttruly yours,

"Mrs. M. C. Lee. R. E. Lee."

General Lee was summoned this time as a witness in the trial of Mr.Davis, but after some delay a nolle prosequi was filed. GeneralLee after the war was asked by a lady his opinion of the positionand part Mr. Davis had taken and acted during the war was asked by alady of his opinion of the position and part Mr. Davis had taken andacted during the war. He replied:

"If my opinion is worth anything, you can ALWAYS say that few peoplecould have done better than Mr. Davis. I knew of none that could havedone as well."

On the morning after the wedding he writes to my mother:

"Petersburg, November 29, 1867.

"My Dear Mary: Our son was married last night and shone in hishappiness. The bride looked lovely and was, in every way, captivating.The church was crowded to its utmost capacity, and the streetsthronged. Everything went off well, and I will enter into detailswhen I see you. Mr. Wickham and Annie, Mr. Fry, John Wood, andothers were present. Davis was prevented from attending by thedeath of Mrs. Howell. The Misses Haxall, Miss Enders, Miss Giles,etc., came down from Richmond. Fitzhugh lee was one of the groomsmen,Custis very composed, and Rob suffering from chills. Many of myacquaintances were present, and everybody was very kind. Regretswere often expressed that you, Mary, and Agnes were not present. Ibelieve the plan was for the bride and groom to start on their travelsthis morning, but I doubt whether it will be carried out, as I thoughtI saw indications of a change of purpose before I left, which Ihad no doubt would be strengthened by the reflections of this morning.I shall remain to-day and return to Richmond to-morrow. I wish togo to Brandon Monday, but do not know that I can accomplish it.Until leaving Richmond, my whole time was taken up by the augustcourt, so that I could do nothing nor see anybody there. Mildred wasall life, in white and curls. I am staying at General Mahone's andhave got hold of one of his needlepens, with which I can do nothing.Excuse illegibility. No one has descended to breakfast yet. Ireceived, on arriving here yesterday, at 3 P. M., a kind note fromour daughter asking me to come and see her as soon after my arrivalas convenient, which I did and carried over the necklace, which shepronounced very pretty. Give my love to all. Most truly yours,

"R. Lee.

"Mrs. Lee."