Richmond 29 May ’62
My precious Agnes
I recd. yesterday your note of the 23rd accompd Charlottes, & to day that of the 26th accompd a letter to Mary arrived. They both gave me great pleasure & I am much soothed in your absence by your affectionate remembrances. I wish I had more time to reply & to enjoy a Conversation with you, but movements are making for a great battle & every moment of my time is occupied. Still I think of you & love you dearly & my prayers are with you & dear Chass. May God guard & protect you both! I have written to the Editor of the Whig to send her paper & wish there was any thing else I Could do for the Comfort of either. You must both by Content to be Safe & well & to make each other happy. Take good care of my Grd. Son.
It is true that your mother Annie & Mildred are in the hands of the enemy. The house was surrounded by a body of the enemy’s Cavy & the farm I understand taken possession of. Mr Layre escaped. A Mr Rush I understand, I presume Richd Rush of Phila & formerly of the Army, was in command, assured them of protection & placed sentinels around the house. I have heard nothing since, & am very anxious about them. I trust they may be Safe. I will send your letter to M. I have told that Chass of Custis sickness another cause of anxiety at this time. But all will come right in the end I know. We require the prayers of all that love us.
Truly & lovingly your father
R E Lee
Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 354, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 6