Gaines Mill 7 June ’64

 

I recd last night dear Mary your letter of the 5th & the nice bread sent me by Mrs. Haxall & Barton. You must tell the kind ladies they must not send me so many things. I fear they will deprive themselves of what is not necessary to me & may be to them. I am well now & have all that is needful to me. Tell Mrs. Randolph I have taken some of the blackberry today & find it very nice. I think though the site of her would be more beneficial to me. You must take from the box sent by Hattie Harrison what you want & send me the balance. The tea & soap may be of use to you. I saw Fitzhugh yesterday. He was very well. I am full of gratitude to our Heavenly father for his preservation of all our sons & nephews & especially for the safety of our dear Rob. May they all be preserved & feel to whom they owe it. You must give much love to Mary when you write, & if you have the opportunity thank Hattie Harrison for me. I had an interesting visit from Dr. Hughes yesterday & am delighted to hear that all your symptoms are so favourable. He agrees with me in believing that you had better leave Richmond soon as you Can. I hope you will do so. I am glad to hear that Mary is so much better. Give much love to her, Agnes, Life, & all friends. May God preserve you all.

Truly & sincerely

R E Lee

 

 

Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 523, Section 26, Virginia History of Museum and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 13