Alexandria, Decr 4 1879
My dear Ned,
You are about to start in life with a home of your own, & a wife of your choice. I hope that on taken possession of your new home, the first morning or evening of your residence, you will call yr little family together, wife & servants, & begin your new career in life by family prayer. I send your here with a little volume of family prayer. God has said “He that honoreth me I will honor.” Begin aright & the habit you will find it easy to keep up. Wishing you every happiness that may be good for you.
I am affectionately yr
C. F. Lee
Dr E. J. Lee
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.427
Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 7