Lexington VA: 13 Jany 1868
My dear Sir
I return my sincere thanks for the excellent telescope you have kindly sent me. The pleasure I shall derive from its use will be greatly enhanced by its history & associations.
I most cordially unite in your prayer for the speedy recovery of our beloved country from its present prostration and suffering, and with my sincere wishes for your individual happiness & welfare
I am very respy your most obtservt
R E Lee
Mr Jno: B Lafitte