Photostat of the original in the collection of Alexander William Armour, Princeton, N.J.
Lexington Va: 25 Nov 65
My dear Sir
Several young soldiers who are qualified & would have been willing to take Sandon Masons place in your family, have gone at other pursuits, & are now not available. I do not know any one at present so well suited to your purpose, as Warrington Carter of Shirley. He has become pious, & is very conscientious in the discharge of any duty. He would take charge of your whole family, & do everything else he could. He would not accept the position for the compensation, but merely for the good he might accomplish. I do not know that he would leave his father.
Mr Philip Meade=s (near Millwood) (page 2 ) 3rd son, I have heard a good account of, but do not know. Mr Robt N. Pendleton, son of Mr Hugh N. Pendleton of Jefferson, now at Washington College, endeavoring to obtain an education, & at the same time work for it, might be obtained after this Session. At present he is too young, but seems to be a fine youth. Col: Briscoe G. Baldwin Chief Ordnance Off Army N.VA: wanted such a position some time since but I believe is now with the Natnl Exps Co. I wish I could help you.
Give much love to my dear Cousin Jane & your sweet daughters. I fear I shall never see them again. I have not yet been able to get my family to me.
May God bless you all. Very truly
R E Lee
Mr Robt Beverly