Near Cartersville 21 Aug 65

 

My dear Sir

I thank you very sincerely for your notes of the 20th, which have just been delivered by Capt Owings- I am constrained to decline both of your kind propositions.  That relating to the proposed school I feel entirely inadequate to, nor do I feel able to undertake your farm.  I am too far advanced in life now, to undertake the labour necessary to the conduct of the former, even with your valuable aid, & I should merely be a clog upon your operation.  Your farm desirable as it is, would not suit my circumstances or views, & I think it can be better applied in carrying out your own purposes, which under skilful & energetic management, I feel sure will succeed & work great good to the Country.  You carry with you in your enterprize my cordial sympathy & well wishes.

As Capt Owings says he must return immediately, I cannot enter more fully into the subjects of your letters, but this I wish you to be fully assured; that I entirely appreciate your kind motives as to myself & that you (page 2) will always have my grateful thanks

 

Your obtservt

R E Lee

 

Mr Wm D. Cabell

      Norwood

 

Address on envelope:

Mr Wm D. Cabell

Norwood

VA

Capt N. Owings