Varina Davis1859-04-03Jefferson DavisWashington, D.C.38.9071923-77.0368707My dear Husband,I see by the papers that you reached our home the 22nd for which I am thankful.Eliza Bache came on to see me about some business the day before yesterday and is staying with me. She has cheered me more than I can express. All my friends are very kind in coming in frequently as my feet don't permit me to walk now.The weather here is lovely, warm enough to dispense with fires.Maggie is more changed than any child I ever saw. She continued-- 105 --to run away to Mrs. Phillips every few hours and Mrs. P. amused her guests making her curse, until I had to whip her three times. Since which she is perfectly biddable, good-tempered.The Napiers left here for Annapolis a few days since, but the new arrival of Lord Lyons has induced the fear that the ship has been lost in the severe gales. They are coming back tomorrow to the Corcoran wedding, which is to be a small Rothschild's affair.I enclose you some cotton seed, and a letter that will explain them.Don't feel uneasy about me. I am pretty well and quite hopeful. Pray keep out of the sun and night air, and try to take my heart trouble lightly, so long as our little home circle is complete. That God may help you and keep you safe is the nightly prayer of your devoted Wife, W. D.