Camp 7 July ‘64


I was very glad dear Mary this morg to receive your note, & to learn that you were better. The absence of all fever I hope is indicative of absence of disease & that now your strength will soon return to you. You must try & find something you like to eat. I have been able procure no more lemons as yet though I hope Some may be found. The Drs here prescribe buttermilk, vegetables, fruit &c or any thing palable [sic] to the patient but in Small, quantities. How would you like a little squirrel soup? Custis Morgan1 would shine in such a position. If not required by you. I know it would be beneficial to the poor Sick & wounded in the hospitals & it would be most grateful to his feelings to be converted into nutricious [sic] aliment for them & devote his life to the good of the country. I know his mother will take the hint. The drought & heat still Continues & the dust is almost intolerable to man & beast. But God will send us a sweet rain in time, to refresh us & Save the vegetables, Corn, &c. Custis has gone to Wilmington & does not want Billy.2 I pray you may soon be well & not delay in that hot City, that was insupportable even to Mr Soulé. You must not write while you are unwell, but depute one of the girls. Good bye. May God bless you all. Truly & devotedly

RE Lee



1. A pet squirrel, who is mentioned in several letters in 1864 between General Lee and his family.

2. Lee family body servant.



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 23