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Camp 8 Sept ‘63


My dear daughters


I Could not leave camp last evg in time to see you before you went to the Surprize. I know it would be too much of a surprize to you to meet me there so I had to forego the pleasure of seeing you altogether. How are you this morg? I hope well & bright. Tell me what you wish to do. If you want to go any where I will send up the wagon. I have two horses & bridles but no saddles as yet. Will not blankets do? If you are not Comfortable I can get you a room at Mr Figs I am told which is a nice house, or at some other place I am sure. But I have always a tent for you. You would make our ungainly Camp very bright & cheerful & we would hail your presence as the advent of angels. I send you a letter from Charlotte, which I have answered this morg. Write to her when you have time & cheer up the poor child. Your fond father

R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Section 23, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 10