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Letter from Robert E. Lee to Charles Carter Lee (January 4, 1831)

In this letter to his brother Charles Carter Lee, dated January 4, 1831, Robert E. Lee shares news of their family members in Savannah.

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Cock Spur Island

Jany 4th. 1831

My dear Carter

I have just returned from Savannah where I have been spending a few of days of this New Year, which I hope will make me better pleased with the quiet & uniformity of CockSpur. I don't know that anything tries me more than a series of dinner parties. Evening parties I can stand but dinners are my abomination. Having discharged a small quantity of my bile I will tell you what I have seen—You never saw a fellow take a thing more kindly than Sweet Charles does his marriage. "He takes it as kindly as spoon-victuals" There is not a party of any kind afloat, but what he is figuring away in his black tights & white silks, dancing & flirting with all the girls, while the Madam is left at home to take care of her health. This last is much pleased with Savannah & says the inhabitants are almost too kind to her, she looks very well I think, is fat & even rosy, though her cough still continues, and the damp & cold weather which we have lately had has been prejudicial to her. It has been colder here than it has been for several years. A great many orange trees have been injured & it is feared that the orange crop next year will

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fail. I delivered your message to Miss Savage who promises to comply with your request. I wish you could have seen how beautifully she looked last night & how attentive our nephew was to all her wants, to speak nothing of your brother. You know no body here, unless it is Mr. Jack Henry & I shall not take the trouble to tell you any thing of him. Poor Nat arrived here on Christmas day after a long & boisterous passage of 25 days, and when I had become seriously alarmed lest he should have shared the fate of so many others, during these late gales & "have been gathered unto his people." He is very weak & his cough is still bad, though I will not despair in the commencement of an experiment which I hope will prove successful. He has been as yet too short a time for any change to take place in his health & is at this very moment labouring under a fit of coughing in the next room - The passage on was so dreadful to him that he calls it five weeks - Mrs. Shaw & the Miss Turner's were in Savannah a few days ago. They took their passage at N. Port in a schooner bound to N. Orleans, expecting to be landed at Cumberland Island Geo. And after 34 days put into Sav. in distress, Their sails were all in rags;

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And they had been allowanced in their water for two weeks, Three times they were in sight of Cumberland & each time they were blown off. The old lady has a great deal to talk about now. I heard from Arlington a few days ago. They were all well. Cousin Anna, Miss M. Goldsborough & Smith have gone to the E. Shore. Mildred writes that Anne etc are all well. Has Uncle Williams brought our affairs to a close? Do you know anything of Uncle Fitz. - Charles & the madam desired to be remembered to you - Make my compliments to Mrs. & Miss Schroeder. Don't be so long in answering my letter. You know I have nothing to tell you & am always

Your Affectionate Brother

R. E. Lee

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