[1863 December 30]1

I recd last night dear Mary your letter of the 13th accompy the bag of socks. The QrMr says he has not heard from Major Coxe & I am at a loss to Know from your note, whether they are to be paid for the men or distributed gratuitously as heretofore. A receipt Can be given by him for 8 lbs: of wool on a/c of the C.S. but if they are to be purchased by the men the price should be fixed. Until this is determined, the socks cannot be distributed. It has been snowing pretty much all day, & they would be very agreable to those men without any. I have sent a man over to Mrs Peyton2 to endeavour to secure those she has. I hope he will get back safely. I send my check for $1000.00 to your order which one of the girls Can draw from the bank. You need not apologize for applying for money, for all that I have is yours & at your command. I wish on your account it was more. When it is gone I do not know what you & the girls will do or where you will go. You must not forget to pay your Dr. The change you mention is very cheering & I hope you do not suffer as much pain as formerly. That of itself will be a great relief. I did not hear until a few days ago that our Cousin Charles Randolph was dead.3 It seems the enemy imprisoned him in the old Capitol at Washn where he was taken sick or rather became more sick when captured and seeing perhaps that he was failing fast they released him. He made his way to E. View & thence walked to Kinlock where he died. Cousin Eliza’s health I am told is very good, but her memory entirely gone. So much So that she asks Edwd which of her sons he is many times a day. I regret also to hear that Uncle Wms strength is failing fast. I do not Know what can be done for poor Fitzhughs affairs. If Charlotte left no will, I think her property reverts to the Wickhams. Genl Stuart goes down tomorrow to make some arrangement for Mrs Stuarts habitation. I suppose you will see him & he can give you all the news. I heard that little agnes came up as far as Mr Wickhams saturday. I suppose she wishes to get near her Papa. Give love to the rest. Truly yours

R E Lee




1. The Lee Family Papers at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture has the date listed as 1864 December 30, but the context of the letter clearly puts it in 1863.

2. Lee may be referring to Ann Lee Peyton (1836-1919), the daughter of Dr. Robert (1804-1872) and Ann Lee Peyton (1812-1905) of the “The Plains” plantation, north of Warrenton, Virginia.

3. Charles Carter Randolph (1788-1863) was a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, and a large slaveholder. He married in 1825 to Mary Anne Fauntleroy Mortimer. He died on December 20 in 1863.



Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 560, Section 28, Virginia Museum of History and Culture

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 May 26