April 26, 1861.
. . . I am very anxious about you. You have to move and make arrangements to go to some point of safety, which you must select. The Mount Vernon plate and pictures ought to be secured. Keep quiet while you remain and in your preparation. War is inevitable, and there is no telling when it will burst around you. Virginia, yesterday, I understand, joined the Confederate States. What policy they may adopt I cannot conjecture. May God bless and preserve you, and have mercy upon all our people, is the constant prayer of your affectionate husband,
R. E. LEE.
SOURCES: Robert Edward Lee, Jr., Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee, p. 29; John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 139.