Camp 9 Apl  ’64

The bag of socks arrived last evg my dear Mary with your note of the 6th. Who Counted them for you? There were only 23 prs: & not 25 as you stated. I opened the bag & Counted them myself twice, Then sent them over to Major Janney1 who also Counted them & we both made them 23 prs: I am anxious to get as many socks now as possible, before active operations commence. As soon as the Stonewall brigade is supplied I will send to the 61st Regt. I am glad you have heard from Mary & Edward. Tell the former how rejoiced I am to hear of her improvement, how much I love her & how often I think of her. Everything recalls her to me & I earnestly implore our Heavenly father that she may soon be restored to us well & happy as we can be in this world. Say to Edwd how much I am obliged to him for his affection & remembrance. I want for nothing but independence & peace to our distracted Country. The money F__ has transferred might as well I suppose remain in the bonds as they are. If you can take Care of them you might as well retain them & use the interest, or give them to Custis as you prefer.

Give much love to all & believe

me always yours

R E Lee




1. Eli Hamilton Janney (1831-1912).




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 512, Section 26, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 7