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Gaines’ Mill 4 June ’64

On returning to camp last evg dear Mary I found your note & basket. Thank Mrs Stannard for the bread which is a great comfort to me. I am getting so well that I do not think I require the blackberry wine. I have enough of Port for the present. I think Mary had better use it. It will strengthen her. I am in hopes she will soon be well. I am glad to hear that you contemplate a visit to Fluvanna. I think you had better go as soon as you can. We are all in the hands of our merciful God, whom I know will order all things for our good, but we do not know what that is or what he may determine, & it behooves us to use the perception & judgment he has given us for our guidance & well being. It is evident that great danger is impending over us, & therefore those not required to meet it, or who might be overwhelmed by it should it fall upon us, should get out of harms way in time. I trust & believe he will save us in his own good time, & upon him is my whole faith & reliance. Give much love to my dear daughters & Custis. Our boys in the field are well. Fitzhugh with his division was engaged at Ashland evening before last, & last evg near Old Church. On both occasions doing well.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee






Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 522, Section 26, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by  Colin Woodward, 2022 June 13