Camp near Petersburg 24 June ’64


I have recd dearest Mary your note of Sunday & the nice bread from Mrs Conway. Thank her for it. The cheese is very acceptable. I am glad to hear the clothes given me by those Kind gentlemen are such as I can wear. I do not require them at present, having as many as I Can transport. I recd yesterday your note of Wednesday evg. I am glad to hear that you have appointed a time for leaving Richmond. As sorry as I shall be to be farther separated from you, I shall take great Comfort in your safer & more pleasant situation. Do not delay in your departure. I will endeavour to see you if possible. I fear your kind friends in Bedford have suffered from the inroads of Hunter. I trust a kind Providence has protected them. I am very well & Kind friends present themselves every where. Give much love to my dear children. I am always thinking of you & them.

Very truly & Sincerely

R E Lee





Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 527, Section 26, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 13