<br /> Lee Letter: v068

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Mrs. J. S. Heiskell

Mrs – J. S. Heiskell

I have rec – d your note of the 21st Inst: & very much regret that your table clothes & napkins have not yet reached you. I hope you will not think that your generous donation to our comfort was lightly valued, or your kindness under estimated. When the box reached Gordonsville last Fall the Army was in motion, & it was forw – d by Major Richards QM – r at that Post. The contents were divided between Col Corley & myself, & he undertook to express through Mr Heiskell our joint thanks & to return the table clothes etc – About the middle of December I rec – d from Mrs Atkinson a message of inquiry about them, & upon investigation it was found that they had not been returned. They were then carried by my messenger to Gordonsville to be delivered to Major Richards, with the request that they should be forw – d to you. Major Richards being at the time very sick, they were left with the message with his clerk. Cor: Corley will write to Major R to day to enquire what was done with them. Mrs Atkinson of whom you ask lives with Mr. Barbour at or near Barboursville. I am much mortified that the articles should not have reached you & confess that we have ill merited your kindness – I still hope you will receive them in safety

I am with great respect your obtservt

R E Lee

Mrs J. S. Heiskell Covesville Albemarle Co VA

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