May, 16, 1861.
I witnessed the opening of the convention yesterday, and heard the good Bishop's sermon for the fiftieth anniversary of his ministry. It was most impressive, and more than once I felt the tears coursing down my cheeks. It was from the text, “And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?” It was full of humility and self-reproach.
SOURCE: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 141