Lexington VA: 9 Feby 1869


My dear brother Carter

Yours of the 22nd Ulto: is at hand & Henry proposes to leave us this afternoon.  I am sorry for his departure & sorry for the cause.  Although I was aware that he was labouring under disadvantages, still I believed he was learning something, which at his age is important, & as I found when he complained most of his eyes he complained also of dyspepsia, I hoped that prudence & exercise he might be relieved of the latter & might with advantage employ the former.  His state of health seems to depress him & he has become much discouraged, & as Dr Madison recommends rest for his eyes & outdoor exercise, I have consented to his going home.  If he becomes better & wishes to return , send him back.  His tuition fees etc for the year are paid so he would incur no more expense.  I am now too much engaged with the examinations which are in progress that I have not time to write, but leave it to Henry to tell you about us.  All unite in love did they know that I was writing - Give to all & my kind message

Very affy your brother

 R E Lee

C. C. Lee Esqr