For: [Letter] 1860 April 14, Fort Brown, Texas / R[obert E.] Lee.
Fort Brown Texas 14 April 1860 As the arrival & departure of the mails at this place are uncertain & cannot be accurately anticipated; & as my last letter reporting my arrival here was to the dear Miss. I will prepare this for my dear little Agnes in answer to hers of the 11 letter; so that it may be ready for the first conveyance to New Orleans & its transmittal not prevented by any public letters I may be obliged to write. I cannot answer your question positively as to the days of sailing of the steamers from New Orleans, for that as on this end of the line depends somewhat on the weather, freight etc. But I believe they propose to sail on tuesdays, thursdays & saturdays. The two lines are now united, & the days of departure are made to accommodate the convenience of the boats & their business.  I am glad that you have seen Dr. Maynard & that he inclines to the opinion that the pain in your eyes may result from the condition of your teeth. Not that it will make the pain less, but that it may admit of a more manifest remedy. I should have been better pleased if you could have told me that the pain had departed. But we must have a great deal of patience in this world, & a great deal of waiting upon events. Above all we must have great trust in the merciful providence of that Great God that never loses sight of or forgot us forgets us. I am glad you saw Mrs. Dick Smith etc. I am obliged to her for her remembrances. I had great pleasure in my intercourse with her husband & herself at West Point & will never forget them. I hope the river of life bears them quietly on its sur -face. I cannot help regretting the  death of Nelson Lloyd, though I believe it was sent in mercy to him. The last years of his life must have been years of misery to him----. I trust he is now at rest & peace. You must express my sympathy to the family when it can be done without renewing the sad remembrance of their loss. You young people must have had a [fine] time in the absence of all your seniors. I hope you had a quantity of work done for your mother, the leaves all disposed of, the garden arranged & all her things placed where she could find them. I fear her ansiety [sic] for the advancement of her operations, & the apprehension of their suffering in her absence, may have diminished the pleasure of her visit to the White House. This though is the fate of all good housewives. I have some young ones around me that are busy in their way. Arranging their establishments, making the most  of their megre [sic] rooms, & supplying by taste & neatness what they want in materials. One is a Mrs Gillem, a Miss Jones originally from Gloucester Pa[?]. Her husband is in command of Capt Sam Jones camp. She is quite pretty, has two little girls one yet in arms, & has just performed a long march of over 400 miles. The other is Mrs Robinson wife of St Robinson, she I believe is from Mass. Has a little girl & boy quite young, & has been quite kind to me. The third is Mrs Langdon, wife of St L. a classmate of Custis. He married her in this place, & I have seen no little cherubs around their hearth, though there may be some - notwithstanding their privations, cramped accommodations, mornings [?], losses etc. they seem, to be happy, bright & cheerful. There is true philosophy in that, which all ought to learn ... practice. Our blessings so far 5. eased [?] our discomforts that the latter is hardly worth considering. Then they are so short lived, & will so soon be swallowed up in death & lost forever. I have not yet been out in the City of Brownsville. I propose returning some calls to day, & can then see what advance -ment it has made since my visit three years since. I have learned with regret that the Episcopal church has been closed since the withdrawal of the troops last summer. When Mr Passmore was called elsewhere. He was chaplain to the Port, & you may recollect hearing was very kind to the Misses Taylor at the death of their father, we should have an advise [?] them therefore tomorrow [?]. The Presbyterian church continues, & a new Catholic church has been erected since I was here. I have only seen it at a distance, & it appears to be an imposing edifice. I recd an invitation this and [?] to the wedding  of the daughter of my former landlord Victor Hasfleurs [?]. She is to be married to night to a clerk in a store here. I shall not go if I can avoid it, & I begin to feel with Aunt Anne, that in this stage of the world, such things ought to cease. Tell little Julismith [?] with her bright eyes, she must be married & be happy. Annie Carters Sevair [?] is named Leigh not Lee. She will not wait long I know for she can't. Capt Evans has arrived in the Dept [?]: with his bride. I have not seen her, but understand she is not Miss Smith Mason. What will the latter say to that. His camp [?] is now in the field between this & Rio Grande City. It will be quite romantic to take the tented field. I hope she understands the treatment of red bugs & ticks. Remember me to all friends. Kiss your mother brother & sisters for me. Tell Rob. his class report [?] for [illegible] was elegant. He must attend to his writing, & learn to write a good hand, or [cross-written] he will be ashamed to write to his sweetheart. I have not heard from San Antonio & therefore in a [?] no letters from any of you. I pray you are all well, & that the good God which we so proudly serve, may have you in his holy keeping. Yours truly father R E Lee
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