10 June ’62
My dear Mary
I only recd. yesterday your letter of the 6th announcing the death of our little Grd.son. I cannot help grieving at his loss & know what a void it will occasion in the hearts of his parents. But when I reflect upon his great gain by his merciful transition from earth to Heaven, I think we ought to rejoice. God grant that we may all join him around the throne of our maker to unite in praise & adoration of the Most High forever. Write to Charlotte for me. When I left F[itzhugh] day before yesterday he had not heard it.
I have directed my trunk to be brought to Custis’ room & now send the key that he may get out the key of the box of papers he desires. It is on a bunch which I think is in the drawer of the tray. He will know it. It is Cuniform & there is one on the bunch that resembles it but will not fit. He had better take both. There are duplicates of the proper key. The other key that resembles them is larger. Perry says Custis packed up his flannel pants in his trunk. I hope he may find them there but P is not entirely reliable. I wish you would place in my trunk the blue coat I return. It is of no use to me here & send me one of the linen Coats in it. The thick linen I prefer. Though old it will answer for me to wear in the house. You must not think I am sick. I have taken cold this excessively hot weather from being too thickly clad. I am better I hope to day. At any rate have not time to be sick.
Give much love to every body.
Truly & afy
R E Lee
Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss12 L51c 357, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 11