Lexington VA: 5 Decr 1868
My dear Sir
I return you my thanks for the copy of the Records of the Union Society of the City of Savannah, an organization almost coequal (?) with the Colonization of Georgia, which by its sacred works of charity in which it has been labouring for more than a century, has endeared itself to the benevolent throughout the Country. In its new career upon the site of the ancient Bethesda, on an enlarged & wider field, I trust that its prosperity may be equal to its former usefulness. In reply to your renewed invitation to deliver before the Society the next anniversary address, I am unable to give a different answer from that I made to your personal application. I regret my inability to comply with your request, & assure you that it would afford me great pleasure to visit Savannah, a city which I feel the strongest interest. For your cordial invitation to your home, please accept my hearty thanks
I am with great respect your most obtservt
R E Lee
Mr Abm: MinisPres: Union Society, Savanah Geo.