<br /> Lee Letter: g156

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee to
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I have the honour to send you a N. Y. Herald of the 8th containing some items of interest. You will see the people in the U. S. are mystified about our forces on the Potomac – The expedition will have the effect I think at least of teaching them they must keep some of their troops at home & that they cannot denude their frontier with impunity – It seems also to have put them in bad temper as well as bad humor – Gold you will see has gone as high as 271 & closed at 266¾ – Provisions &c are rising – I see also they are moving the prisoners from Pt-Look out –

I trust that you & your family are in good health & wish you every happiness

Very respy your obt servt

R. E. Lee


W. J. De Renne CollectionWormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 156.