<br /> Lee Letter: v073

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles S. Venable

My dear Col

I have delayed acknowledging your letter of the 1st, hoping to find time for a more satisfactory reply; but the days bring with them no more leisure. I am much obliged to you for your estimate of our numbers. I have been trying to obtain something that I could rely one, better than my own memory, & your recollections will help me. I have understood that some of my returns were among the captured documents, & are now in the bureau of Rebel papers in Washington, but I have not been able to get hold of them. I do not know when I can visit the University. Not before the Summer, if then. You must come to Lexington & bring Mrs. Venable with you. She will want to see her Sisters, and they always want to see her. Custis is well & as grave as his father. Robert has made up his mind to marry the first young woman who will have him, & can bring with her a cow & a churn. Are there any such in Albemarle, for I have promised to help him, & have written to Baltimore on the subject; despairing of finding any one so rich in Virg – a. With kind regards to Mrs. Venable

I am most truly yours

R E Lee

Col: Chas: S. Venable

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Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives