Warm Springs VA: 18 Aug 1868
My dear Mr. Gordon
I propose leaving here tomorrow for the White Sulphur Springs, the waters of which I desire to drink for a fortnight before I return to Lexington. My daughter Mildred is well enough for me to leave here, & though still feeble seems to be steadily improving for the last four or five days, & yesterday & today has sat up for a short time. The Dr thinks that about the middle of next week she may be safely moved to the Hot, where I shall join her mother the week following. You will therefore know ehere to address me if necessary. I go by myself to the White.
I am glad that you are progressing so well with your work. Endeavor to complete it while the weather is (page 2) favorable. I wish you would also see what progress Mr Shane is making in the fulfillment of the wood contarct. If not satisfied you had better see what better can be done. Should you see Mr Womeldorf, I cannot think of his last name, ask him if he can furnish me with either 30 cords of hickory as he did last year. He lives over in the mountain & has a fine peach orchard. Sam knows him. * Remember me to all friends - Tell Misses Maria & Nettie, that I am greatly alarmed about their sister E. There is a young Presbyterian Clergyman just arrived, has taken his seat here at the table. He may do so at other times too & she would not tell me. I hope Traveller is well & wants f or nothing. I want him more than ever, now that I shall be alone. Please give an eye to the Presidents house & see that all goes on right - Mrs Lee & my daughters unite in kind regards to you & I am very truly yours R E Lee
Mr E. C. Gordon