RICHMOND, May 8, 1861.
I received yesterday your letter of the 5th. I grieve at the anxiety that drives you from your home. I can appreciate your feelings on the occasion, and pray that you may receive comfort and strength in the difficulties that surround you. When I reflect upon the calamity pending over the country my own sorrows sink into insignificance.
SOURCE: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 140-1