Turnbulls 26 Jany ‘65


My dear daughter

I have recd to night your letter of to day. I am satisfied with the coat as it is. It is all right. I do not wish braid on the pants. Plain dress is the most suitable for the Confederacy. When the suit is done let it be sent up to the house & let me Know the Cost. I Send up $200. to reimburse Capt Leigh. I am glad it is made plain. The buttons I desire as they are. I send up a letter for Margaret. Fitzhugh writes he is well. Nothing new. I also send up the “straw bag.” Tell the Mim I think it is grass. She will require the count of her socks & gloves. Hope the wedding went off well. Custis I presume was not married as you did not mention it. He had a good opportunity. I hope little Annie is well. Thank Capt Leigh & give much love to every body. Very truly your father

R E Lee




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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 31