14 March 1862


My dear Carter


I was very much pleased to receive your letter apprising me of your good health & of the happiness of those around you.  I wish indeed that I could see you all, but that is a happiness I can hardly expect.  Indeed no one has a right to look for any happiness these days except such as he might derive from his efforts to do his duty.  I have been called here very unexpectedly to me & have today been placed in duty at this place under the directions of the Pres: I am willing to do anything I can do to help the noble cause we are engaged in , & to take any position; but the lower & more humble the position the more agreeable to me & the better qualified I should feel to fill it.  I fear I shall be able to do little in the position assigned me & cannot hope to satisfy the feverish & excited expectation of our good people.  I spent Sunday last with Mary & found her better than expected.  Our good Bishop (Meade) died last night.  May our end be like his!  Give much love to Sister Lucy & your children & believe me always your brother


                                                                                                                       R E Lee


Charles Carter Lee Esqr