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
Envelope addressed to:
Mrs Elizabeth R. Cocke