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Camp near Winchester

19 Oct 1862

                        I recd yesterday my dearest Mary Your letter of the 10th extended to Custis are trying any have today for the first time in unity. I shall have to see him however & leave to Custis to give you the Camp meds. I hope my dearest Annie will soon be better & are glad that she has everything so comfortable around her[1]. God grant she may Soon be relieved. I hear very flattering accounts of the school at Raleigh in addition to what I have heard & trust my dear life may be able to continue her education as distracted. When you write to her give much love to her. I have with a few lines to Charolotte to say that I hope to send it through to see her soon. As soon as Chudie[2] arrives I think of putting him in charge of the Cavy on the Rappk. He will then be near her, poor child I hope all will go well with her, my hand is improving slowly, but I hope surely It is very weak & still painful but I can use my thumbs & my index fingers. My left hand is so that I can again ride my horse. Custis has improved in health I think since he has been in camp & his presence is a great comfort to me. Rob is very well & effectively conduct & habits. He has some nice youths with him no care, plenty of fun & plenty to eat. I never see him but constantly hear of him. Give much love to the girls & believe me always yours

R E Lee


[1] Anne Carter Lee did not recover from this illness and died the next day of typhoid fever.

[2] This was a nickname for Fitzhugh Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 392, Section 20, Section, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Nicholas Tarchis, 2017 June 9

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