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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I should indeed be delighted to see you all and your children. Sally Archer quite surprized me, by telling me, that she had never seen two children resemble each other more, than your little Mary and mine. I think it somewhat remarkable as they are both call'd for the same person. My Mary is not well now, cutting her double teeth which makes her comparatively pale and fretful for she has been the best little thing I ever saw. I am much obliged to you for the pretty bracelets, which little Mary shall wear for your sake. The Point I believe is very dull, though I do not go out myself at all, yet I hear of many complaints as to the dearth of all amusements. Some four of the officers are daily expected from Florida Capts Lendman and [Mellon?], also Capt Thurston and Col. Bankhead. I hope Genl Scott will allow Mr. Dimmock to come home if it is only during the sickly season in Savannah. We have experienced a great loss of late in our society in Doct Pitcher and family, but particularly in the Doct, who is a most estimable man in every respect. I am told we are to have Doct DeCamp in his place. Mrs. [Hagen?] and children are very well. She says nothing about leaving here. This summer Mrs. [illegible] has a fat little daughter one week old, which she calls [names] for Mrs. Angus. This is only her sixth child. Mrs. H. is unusually well, able to go into the next room. Mrs. [illegible] has also a fine little daughter. I hope you will write to me My dear Mrs. Lee very soon. If you knew the value I place upon your letters I think you will for I really regard them as sources of improvement both in a religious point of view as well as in their style. [illegible] [illegible] is really delightful here and I [suppose?] Arlington with all its shrubbery must look beautiful. What a charming season to be in the country. I should indeed enjoy it with my little flock. Henrietta is still very delicate but grows very rapidly and between Miss Willy Arm and myself makes astonishing improvement. She is only a few months over six years, commits geography and dictionary to memory and writes a pretty tolerable hand. The Quarter Master I am told is quite a man in Savannah, and defies his [illegible] and old age by frequent excursions on horse back with the young ladies and says all the pretty things to them he can remember. I am extremely anxious for him, to resign, and become