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Alex[andri]a, April 23, 1861

My dear Robert,

            The enclosed letter was written to me, as you will see, in consequence of a remark I made to Dr. Sparrow, which he repeated to the writer, Dr. May, that I hoped your connection with the Virga forces, if you concluded to accept the command, might lead to some peaceful settlement of our difficulties. I hoped this from the friendship between yourself & Genl Scott. I have only time now to enclose you Dr. May’s letter, & to offer my earnest prayer that God may make you instrumental in saving our land from this dreadful strife.

In haste, yours truly,

Cassius F. Lee



Source: Transcribed from original letter, The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.252, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 October 13