Lexington Va: 18 Nov 1869
I take pleasure in complying with your request of the 1st Inst: & shall be glad if it should afford you any gratification. I hope that you will be able some day to repeat your visit to Virginia, & that you may find that your kind wishes for her prosperity may be in process of accomplishment. I fear that she has some years of suffering before her yet, but hope that by prudence & patience, all difficulties to her progress may be overcome.
With my best wishes for your own happiness.
I am very truly
R E Lee
Mr. John Barron, Jr.
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.383, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall. Gift of James W. Symington, Washington, D.C., 1978.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 5