Lexington VA: 15 Jany 1869


My dear brother Carter

I was glad to learn by your letter of the 1st that you & yours were in the enjoyment of good health & other blessings vouchsaved to us by a Merciful Providence, & pray that they may be continued for many, many years in such form & in such measure as may be most advantageous to you all.  I have written to Richardson in reference to the Memoirs & he promises they will be out in March, though if he adds to the illustrations as suggested it may require some time.  Edward Childes address is A25 rue d= Astorg, Paris,@----You will have recd Henrys report for December before this & can form some opinion of his progress.  He has been complaining of his eyes again & frequently speaks of having dyspepsia.  The latter is probably aggravated at this time by imprudent eating during the holy days, & whether the two are any way connected I cannot tell.  He looks well, is growing & is more discreet in his diet than formerly. - He is learning something too, though I have no doubt labours under disadvantages (page 2) which prevent his progressing as well as we could wish.  But how many have had grreater difficulties to contend with & yet succeeded in accomplishing their end.  He is desirous now of withdrawing from College, & if he cannot study, or if his remaining would be injurious to his eyesight it might be well for him to do so; yet it is such a serious thing for him to abandon his education & forego the opportunity he has of improving himself, that I told him he had better consult you on the subject.  He seems to be quite earnest in the matter & says he did not wish to return to College this year on account of his eyes - He has been bathing his eyes in salt & water & has been eating bread of unlotted (?) flour, & boiled cracked wheat , a kind of hominy, both of which for a time seemed  to benefit him.  But he does not seem contented to remain.  I am very sorry for his condition & wish I could relieve, & while urging him to apply himself to his studies, have cautioned  him to use his eyes as little as possible at night & to take regular exercise.  I have not consulted any of our physicians because the eye is such a delicate organ, that I feared he might receive inhury (page 3) & I believe in such cases that rest is the best remedy -

You must remember me to my sister, Mildred, Catharine & all the boys & believe me

Most truly yours

R E Lee


C. C. Lee Esqr