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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. 

[2]
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 

[3]
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 

[4]
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 

[6]
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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