Camp Fredg 20 Feby ’63
My precious little Agnes
Genl Jones arrived yesterday with your letter. He brought some mud with him too, but that is a drug at present. If you see him he can tell you of the delights of our Camp & you will regret more than ever that you did not Come. It is true we have had a heavy storm of three days, snow sleet & rain. Though Perry had entrenched me, the water night before last broke through my tent. But I did not know it till morg & had a quiet night. This morg the glorious sun is out, & will soon warm & dry us. How good is God! I am distressed at the continued indisposition of your mother. I trust this bright sun will dissipate her pains. Give much love to her & take care of her. I am sorry for the poor brides. Tell Miss Genly & Mary Mercer, this is the best tour for them. The ruins of Fredg. No body wants to see them as much as I do. Thank Mrs & Miss Rives for the beautiful blanket you describe. I fear it is too beautiful for me, but is worthy of them. You & Miss Sallie must weave fabrics for soldiers garments. They are much wanted now. Kiss Douglas for Genl E & remember me to his mother & Mr Warwick. I am called to the good breakfast.
Very truly your father
R E Lee
Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 434, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 December 1