9 June ’62
I have returned to my old quarters dear Mary & am filled with gratitude to our heavenly father for all the mercies he has extended to us. Our Success has not been as great or Complete as I Could have desired, but God knows what is best for us. Our enemy has met with a heavy loss from which he must take some time to recover & then recommence his operations.
I hope you are all well & that Custis is recovering. I Send in Some clothes, please have them washed for me.
I also want my trunk, left in Custis’s room, to see if I have not some thinner clothes. I have also a pair of spectacles in it which I wish to get. Having lost my other pair. I shall come in when I Can but I have much to do & do not know when that will be.
In the mean time I am with much love to all always & as ever
R E Lee
Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 356, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 7