Dabbs: 3 Aug ’62
I have recd. dear Mary your letter of the 1st & am glad to learn that you are well & are enjoying the society of such dear friends. You must thank them for their kind remembrances of me & say how delighted I should be could I get to see them. I feel very grateful for their prayers & am sure that they are heard in heaven, & tend to the merciful protection so Constantly extended to me by the Great God of all. How I wish I was in any way worthy of his blessing! Tell aunt Judy Nelson I beg she will always remember me in her devotions, & that I hope she will enjoy many years of peace & quiet of the country. I have forwd. your letters to Mrs. Caskie. I was called in by the Pres: eight or ten days ago & called to see her. They were as kind as ever but I Could only remain a few moments. Custis & Mary had not returned when I last heard from the House, but it was said C[ustis] would be back yesterday. Mrs. Mary Stevenson has arrived in Richmond & drove up to the house prepared to stay, supposing you were there. Her sister Anne is dead & she is & extremely anxious to return to Georgetown & has Come on that mission. I do not know what I Can do for her except give my Consent to her marrying Major Hutter which may reconcile her to remaining in the Conf[edera]cy. I have heard nothing from the girls. Poor little things. I am afraid they are all astray. Fitzhugh passed up to Hanover friday & I hope you will see him. I am told he is very well. I went down one day to visit the Cavy Pickets, but he was at the other end of the line & I could not get to him. I have heard of Grace [Darling]. She was seen bestrode by some yankee with her colt by her side. I could be better resigned to many things than that. I must try & be resigned to that too. I have also lost my horse Richmond. He died thursday. I had ridden him the day before. He seemed in the morg as well as ever, but I discovered in the evg he was not well, but thought he was merely distressed by the heat & brought him along very slowly. Finding at bed time he had not recuperated & was breathing heavily I had him bled which seemed to relieve him & in the morg he was pronounced better. I however administered a purgative, & at noon he was reported dead. But his labours are over & he is at rest. He carried me very faithfully & I shall never have so beautiful an animal again. His fate is different from Grace’s & to his loss I Can easily be resigned. I shall want but few horses more, & have as many as I require.
Give much love to all with you & believe me always yours
R E Lee
I send a letter from Mrs. Stiles, which you must answer for me & say everything that is kind for me.
Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 372, Section 19, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 11