Lexington. August . 25th


My dear Mrs. Cocke-

You were very kind to write me to me at such a moment of sorrow. And I was greatly touched by your thoughtfulness.

You have my tenderest sympathy - it must have been a terrible shock, after thinking  all danger was over - and you were ill prepared to stand it, after yr sleepless night, & tiresome journey.

I am glad to think you are at the Alum now & hope the waters have already done you good.  Dont you long for a dip in the broad Atlantic!  I felt so disconsolate that morning on my return from the bath, to find you both gone (Page 2) and your room deserted - and each succeeding day missed you more than I can tell.

I am always hearing the waters sounding, & seeing the breakers curling, & feeling that salt sea breeze - I have forgotten the silly women, & stupid ANed,@ & every thing unpleasant, & remember only the glorious sea.

Mamma has taken possession of my shells for punishment tho.  I have retained one or two as my own dear reminder of the past.

I only reached home two days ago- spent a week in Norfolk, when I was in a suppressed state of indignation in the breeze & surf (Page 3) question - & a week at ARocklands@ - the country place of the Haxalls; and today I have been busy unpacking, & rearranging my effects.

We are all looking forward with great pleasure to yr return here - tho.  I know it will be a sad visit to you.  I have not yet seen any of yr Brother=s family - but shall make that my first visit.  My love & a kiss to little Elizabeth - how does the spelling come on!

Agnes joins me in dear love, & in hoping to see you soon (Page 4) in Lexington-

Momma told you of herself, so there is nothing left me but to say good bye-


With many loving wishes

   Yrs most affly


Mildred Lee    



Envelope addressed to:


Mrs Elizabeth R. Cocke


Near Carterville

Cumberland County