Lexington VA: 6 Jany 1868
My dear Cousin Richard
I cordially reciprocate your kind New Year greetings, & join in the hope that there may be many happy returns for ourselves & for the country. It will be well for us however to arm ourselves with pateince & endurance.
I am obliged to you for the letters you enclosed to me, though I am unable to do anything for the writers.
Please present my kindest regards to my Cousin Julia & every member of your family, in which I am joined by my wife & children.
With my best wishes for your individual health (page 2 ) and happiness
I am very truly
R E Lee
Col: R. B. Lee