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Fredg 21 Novr ’62


My dear Genl

I have just recd your note in reference to Capt Mason & LtCol Harvey. Although Sorry to part with them I will yield them to you if you desire. I have so informed Capt Mason who will probably leave tomorrow. Col. Harvey is absent not having arrived from Culpepper [sic]. Upon joining me I will make to hi your proposition & see how I can replace him. Although sorrow your scene of duty is so distant, I yet rejoice for the Country that you are again able to take the field & anticipate from your Services the most favourable results. May Success & happiness attend you is my earnest prayer. I write with difficulty & must now stop.

With best regards to Mrs. Johnston

I am as ever your friend

R E lee





Source: Transcribed from digital copy of original letter, Swem Library, College of William and Mary

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 April 22