COOSAWHATCHIE, S. C, December 22, 1861.
I shall think of you on that holy day more intensely than usual, and shall pray to the great God of Heaven to shower His blessings upon you in this world and to unite you all in His courts in the world to come. With a grateful heart I thank Him for his preservation of you thus far, and trust to His mercy and kindness for the future. O, that I were more worthy and more thankful for all that He has done and continues to do for me!
SOURCES: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 152-3; Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, p. 128-9.