Letter, 14 May 1836, from Henrietta Dimmock, Old Point Comfort, to Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Washington, D.C., providing society, family, and personal news from Old Point Comfort.
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May 14th 1836. My dear Mrs Lee, I have intended for some time past to answer your kind and affectionate letter, which I assure you was very gratifying to me, but have been prevented by circumstances of a most disturbing nature, in the loss of my Brother. He resided near Baltimore and had been out on a gunning expedition, of which he was very fond, and it appears after loading his gun, rested his hand upon the muzzle when the gun accidentally went of [off] the load passing through his hand, which caused his death. He has left a wife and five very interesting children. I have the consolation of knowing he had with him the very best medical advice. I regret extremely to hear through the Archers that your health continues so delicate. I did hope ere this you were quite restored, and sincerely hope your contemplated jaunt to the Springs may be of much service to you. My little Charles and myself, have both been very sick with chills and fevers, and are looking very badly now. Though the chills have left us, I do hope you will determine to stop and make us a visit if you go to the Virginia Springs