My dear Sir

            I am very much obliged to you for the good care you have given my horse. I had hoped he might have been of Some Service to you, but fear he has been the cause of trouble. I am extremely obliged to you for your kind office of future service, but hope I shall not be obliged to trespass on your kindness.

            I will give Genl Smiths letter to my Son on his return. He rode off this mng with Mr. Edmund Cocke to Waltons mill & has not yet returned. He has not yet recovered his strength, & though I know he would like very much to See Genl Smith. I do not Know that he will be able at this time to visit you.

            Please present my Kind regards to your mother & Sisters. I wished very much to call on my return from Fine Creek but concluded it was better to come directly on. I found my daughter Agnes very sick & she is still confined, but I hope a little better.

            I am glad to hear that your health is restored & hope you will be able to ride up & see us.

Very truly yours,

R E Lee



Mr. John B. Cocke

July 28, 1865




Source: Facsimile of original, Lee Papers, University of Virginia Library, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 February 3