<br /> Lee Letter: w179

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Charles Carter Lee

My dear Carter

I was very much pleased to receive your letter apprising me of your good health & of the happiness of those around you. I wish indeed that I could see you all, but that is a happiness I can hardly expect. Indeed no one has a right to look for any happiness these days except such as he might derive from his efforts to do his duty. I have been called here very unexpectedly to me & have today been placed in duty at this place under the directions of the Pres: I am willing to do anything I can do to help the noble cause we are engaged in, & to take any position; but the lower & more humble the position the more agreeable to me & the better qualified I should feel to fill it. I fear I shall be able to do little in the position assigned me & cannot hope to satisfy the feverish & excited expectation of our good people. I spent Sunday last with Mary & found her better than expected. Our good Bishop (Meade) died last night. May our end be like his! Give much love to Sister Lucy & your children & believe me always

your brother

R E Lee

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R. E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library