Petersburg 16 Jany 65


My dear Sir

I recd some days since your kind note of the 22 ulto: which has been followed by the loss to which it referred.  The Contents are very acceptable, & in excellent condition, notwithstanding their long journey, & I am exceedingly obliged to you for them.  I am more gratified at your devoting so many sons to the defense of the  Country.  If they all equal the one I know, Capt Wilfong 12 N. C. you should be truly grateful.  I trust a kind Providence may preserve them all for you & you for them.  With grateful thanks for your prayers in my behalf & the success of our Cause


I remain very respy

                                                                                              Your obtservt


R E Lee