Original (Not in General Lee=s handwriting but signed by him).


HdQrs Dabbs= House

16th June 1862


Dear Sir;


If you intend riding this afternoon, you will greatly oblige me if you can make it convenient to call by my HdQrs.  I am desirous to see you, but find it out of my power to be absent long enough to visit you in Richmond.


                                                                  Very respy

 Your obtservt


                                                                               R E Lee


Hon: G. W. Randolph,

Secty of War



Note: General Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia on 1 June 1862.