My dear Mary

I have been on our lines on the Wmsburg road since noon, dear Mary & having finished my dinner find it near 10 P.M. with a great deal to do to night. It is therefore impossible for me to see you. Indeed I should have to wake you up to do so. I therefore must deny myself the pleasure & hope we may meet many happy days yet. I know your prayers & well wishes are Constantly with me, & my trust is that a Merciful Providence may hear & answer them. Give much love to Custis & all the girls. I am very glad to learn the former is improving.

God guard & preserve you all.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee

25 June ’62




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 363, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 3