Camp 26 Nov ’63
I take advantage of the Kindness of Genl Hoke to say to you, how I long to see you, how often I think of you & how ardently I pray to Almighty God to bless & protect you.
I recd. when in the Valley a present from one of your former schoolmates, who lived in Smithfield, but whose name at this time I Cannot recall, which I have kept for you, but have never before had an opportunity to send. It will be valuable at least for the pins, but I fear it has been marred in its Campaign to Penna. & elsewhere.
I trust I may See you this winter
[end of letter]
Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss 1 L51c 492, Section 24, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 September 1