Monday, November 25, 2013

General Robert E. Lee to Col. G. W. Custis Lee, written between July 31 & August 17, 1862


I write a line to say good-by to you and Mary. I had hoped to be able to come in and see you both tonight, but I find it impossible to enjoy that pleasure. I have had much to do, which with preparation for my departure renders it impossible. Good-by, my dear children. May God bless and guard you both. Tell your mother when she arrives that I was unable to stop to see her. I go to Gordonsville. My after movements depend on circumstances that I cannot foresee.

Truly and aff'y., your father,

R. E. LEE.

P. S. — I send in my straw-hat, to which please give house room, also a summer under-jacket which I find out of my trunk. If you have the key put it in, or ask your mother to mend it and keep it for me.

R. E. LEE.

SOURCE: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 189

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