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Orange Co: 4 May ‘64


My precious little Agnes

I recd last night your letter of the 2nd enclosing Richard Lees note. He will have to make application through his officers & now that the Md Line has been separated from this Army, I have nothing to do in in [sic] the matter. Genl Elzy & the Secy of War will decide upon his request. The difficulty lies I think in his going to Md: He cannot accomplish anything unless he goes about, in which Case he will certainly be captured & I fear be treated as a Spy. I Cannot therefore recommend his going to Md. I Sympathize deeply in his great affliction, & can understand his desire to see his sister, but I do not think it prudent for him to go within the enemy’s lines. He had better get his uncle or friends to attend to all business matters, & send his Condolence sympathy & love to Bessie. If he goes to her & is caught it will only add to her sorrows & the affliction of his friends. I am very sorry my dear child that I could not bring you all up to See me, but it was impracticable in my situation. I hope the time may Come when I shall be able to enjoy your society in peace & some comfort, but if not you will know how much I enjoy your love. Take good care of your mother & do for her all you Can. I am very sorry that daughter has been sick. I hope she is well again. Give much love to her. I am glad all were well at Shirley & that Carville Hall has returned to us safely. Our lookouts report certain movements of the enemy this morg, which seem to indicate that he is Commencing to put his Columns in motion. May God give us strength to resist him. Give a great deal of love to your mother brothers & sisters. I shall think of you all Constantly. Remember me to all friends

Truly & affly your father

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Mss1 L51 c 518, Lee Family Papers, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 26