Alex[andri]a, April 23, 1861
My dear Robert,
The enclosed letter was written to me, as you will see, in consequence of a remark I made to Dr. Sparrow, which he repeated to the writer, Dr. May, that I hoped your connection with the Virga forces, if you concluded to accept the command, might lead to some peaceful settlement of our difficulties. I hoped this from the friendship between yourself & Genl Scott. I have only time now to enclose you Dr. May’s letter, & to offer my earnest prayer that God may make you instrumental in saving our land from this dreadful strife.
In haste, yours truly,
Cassius F. Lee
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.252, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 13