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Near Cartersville

10 July ‘65


My dear Robt

I enclose a letter from Mr Spilman in reference to Romankoke. The only way in which I know a title can be given to the place is by a deed signed by me as Executor of your Grd Fathers will & by yourself as Legatee. But the estate is still encumbered by the Conditions of the Will. As soon as the Courts are in operations I am restored to civil rights (if I shall be), I desire to settle up the estate & deliver over all the property to the owners. They Can then dispose of it as they think proper. I have informed Mr. J. his letter was referred to you.

We are well & established in a comfortable but small house in a grove of oaks, belonging to Mr. Thomas Cocke. It Contains four rooms & there is a house in the yard, which when the filled up will give us another. Only your mother Agnes & Mildred are with me, Custis who has had a return of his attack of dysentery is at Mrs Cockes house about 2 miles off & is convalescent I hope. I have been nowhere as yet. The weather has been exceptionally hot, but this morg there is an agreable change, with some rain. The country here is poor but healthy & we are at a long distance from you all. I can do nothing until I learn what decision in my case is made at Washington. All unite with me in much love

Very truly your father

R E Lee            




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 593, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 2