Camp 27 Mar ’64
My dear Mary
I recd. this evg your note with the bag of socks. The latter Contained 5 prs: white cotton sent by Mrs John Y. Mason the Louisn. for 20 prs: yarn (19 prs grey & 1 pr. white)
1 pr yarn (white) for Priv. Jones brother
26 prs. altogether
You stated on the back of your note that there were 23 prs: of yarn & 1 pr: for Priv Jones brother & did not mention the 5 prs: of cotton from Mrs. John Y. Mason so that I am again at a loss to know whether all the socks arrived that were sent.
If the yarn mentioned by you, were exclusive of the cotton, there are three prs: missing. This is unpleasant, & the Courier feels aggrieved when the contents differ from the invoice. I must again ask you to have the socks Counted accurately, & the number Correctly stated, giving the whole contents of the bag.
In addition to the socks mentioned above there were seven prs: of gloves. You had better not send any more gloves but retain them all for next winter. I think too it is best not to send any more yarn socks, especially such thick ones as the last, unless there may be a small balance that you wish to dispose of.
You see the first of April is upon us. The weather will become warm & I fear the men will throw away their thick socks before they are half worn. You had better now work upon the cotton. I am very glad that you are all well & am much obliged to that kind lady for sending you the hams. I fear people impoverish themselves on our account. I have recd. a large box from Mrs. M T. Harman of Staunton, Containing a little of everything to eat. Ham, tongues, eggs, potatoes, sugar, meal, bread, buckwheat & cake, butter, & I dare say other things.
I have no news. The storm seems to have passed away. We have had a beautiful day. The church was crowded & three ladies on horseback called at my camp on their return home. Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Lamar & Miss Mittie Carter. The two first are wives of officers, the third will be I presume. Dr. Peyton of Fauquier spent last evg with us & set off on his return this morg. He said all were well when he left. Govr Vance is on a visit to the N. C. troops. Give much love to all. Fitz Lee returned from church with me to day. I saw Johnny skirting around the young women. With true affection.
R E Lee
Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 507, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 24
1. Mary Ann Fort Mason (1803-1870) was the wife of John Y. Mason (1799-1859). She was born in Southampton County, Virginia, died there, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
2. Lee might be referring to Caroline V. Stevenson Harman (1825-1903), the wife of Michael Garber Harman, a Confederate quartermaster from Staunton. Harman was born in 1823 in Staunton. He served as a colonel in the 52nd Virginia regiment and as a quartermaster to Stonewall Jackson. He resigned from the army in June of 1863 and moved back to Staunton, where he worked as a quartermaster. He died in 1877.
Dr. Robert Eden Peyton (1804-1872). His wife was Nanette Lee Jones (1808-1895).