L-J Ltr 22 May (No year given but probably 1873) May 22d My dear Letty I was very glad to receive your letter tho' it was rather shorter than I could have desired. & will commence a reply now that I have a few moments to myself. I suppose Dr Pendleton tiold you of the plan to repair & enlarge our old church which I thought was decided upon & perheps was the wisest course but some of the vestry were not content & had another meeting in which they determined to pull this down & put a new one of brick in the same spot & next week when the Dr goes to Convention they commence the pulling down but where the money is to come to complete the new edifice I cannot tell as we have not more than 12 thousand dols & that will cost 15 or 20 thousand - I trust help may come from quarters unknown to us now - The "Memorial" window which I hoped to be able to pay for myself if I had got Arlington as I had before (Page 2) by this time, but a lady from Georgia a Mrs Tracey now living in New York has sent me word that she will make the Mem window her special case & thinks she can easily obtain sufficient for it I think money is very difficult to get now any where - The country is looking most lovely but the drouth is very great & the gardens afford but few vegetables - Since writing the above we have had a most delightful rain just when we had despaired of it altogether proving how much better our Heavenly Father is to us than we ever deserve & the verdue which had commenced to droop is magnificent - How I long to get out on the soft green grass & the bright hills but that can never be more in this life & I must be content with my lot I am much more helpless than when you saw me in consequence of my illness the past winter & am going to the "Hot" about the last of June where I shall reamin as long as it may seem to be beneficial to me Mildred is still unable to walk without (Page 3) without crutches & Agnes constantly suffers with neuralgia but they seem undisposed to go to the Hot yet I shall urge them to do so as I think it would be of service to both. Dr Cabell has arranged there the mineral mud bath which is most highly appreciated in Germany & which I am sure will benefit both my feet & Mildreds lame foot tho' she can put it to the ground now & I hope it will now be better in the natural course of things, as she has been laid up with it nearly 10 months - The girls all write in love Mary is in Baltimore & is contemplating a trip to Europe if she can find a suitable escort & we can raise the means. I think it a pity that she should not have an opportunity of enjoying what I have so often longed for & expected someday to accomplish, but that day never came & now even if I was able to travel I should not care to go, I hope you are all well & that Rosa is coming in to see you & how is my friends Mr Mrs Creevy? He must still use his influence in my behalf tho' (Page 4) it did bring down such a storm of abuse upon him, he must not be very in well doing They are new waiting to --?-- my claim after the elections are over. What do you think of Grant & Wilson A worse combination could scarcely have been proposed & I do wish they had been defeated - but perhaps our cup of chastisement is not yet filled & we must be content to feel that God knows what is best for us - You will see by this my letter has been laying by for some time as we have been in the midst of an entire house cleaning which lasted about 2 weeks as all this furniture had to be oiled & the walls coloured but it is all through now & we look very nice & comfortable I like always to think of you at Avenel I hope you will never be obligated to leave I have suffered so much in the loss of my home that life is all changed to me I cannot get attached to the new one yet I am not with ample formal comforts & the kindness I have received here Love to all your family yrs affectionately MCLee