Camp 11 Aug ‘64


My dear daughter

I have recd the Bible. The one sent me by Dr. Hoge was the one I desired being more portable. But the one you sent is the more agreeable for my eyes. I will Keep it though you may recollect I had to leave it before on account of its size. The Cousins are always in haste. I see no good of my sending them if they cannot await your notice. It is astonishing they should move with more velocity than you. Tell the ladies I have recd the shirts. Please do not make me any more. Tell Lizzie I have some nice apples ripe. If she will come & see me she shall have plenty for the mess. But she must Come quick as they are very perishable articles in Camp. I hope Sweet Annie has gotten well now she has gotten rid of her old Cousin. She will see more Cavy tomorrow. A letter from Uncle Carter reports all well. Lucy & Mildred were cut off from him for six weeks by Wilson’s raid. He has just gotten them back & is moving. Give my love to your Uncle Smith & regards to Gentn. to Custis Annie & Lizzie a Kiss. Truly your father

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 5144 a, Section 14, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 December 26