Camp 10 July ’64

 

I was much pleased dear Mary on the arrival of my little Courier this morg to hear that you were better & that Custis Morgan was still among the missing. I think the farther he gets from you the better you will be. Tomatoes are ripening now & ought to be had in the Richmond market. Have some of them got & put them in the Sun till ripe. They will make delicious food for you & the acid will be very agreable. I Can get no lemons here. I trust you will soon be well enough to leave the city. I am very thankful that rheumatism is diminishing & I hope by Fall you will be walking all about again. I saw some gentlemen from Fredg to day who say that every one is delighted that Grant is down here & that things in that upper Country are flourishing & people reviving. Grant seems so pleased with his present position that I feel he will never move again. Give much love to the girls & remember me to all friends. The shells have scattered the poor inhabitants in Petersburg so that many of the churches are closed, & indeed they have been visited by the enemy’s shells. Mr Platt, Pastor of the principal E. Church had service at my Hd Qrs to day. We had a respectable audience. Some ladies, many officers & soldiers. The service was under the trees, & the discourse on the subject of salvation. My prayers are always offered up for you.

Truly & affy

R E Lee   

 

P.S. You must not write while you are so sick. Let one of the girls write for you.

REL

 

 

Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 534, Section 27, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 24