Such an opportunity would undoubtedly have occurred; but he has been translated to a better world, for which his purity and piety eminently fitted him. You do not require to be told how great is his gain.
It is the living for whom I sorrow.
I beg you will offer to Mrs. Fairfax and your daughters my heartfelt sympathy, for I know the depth of their grief.
That God may give you and them strength to bear this great affliction, is the earnest prayer of your early friend, R. E. Lee. Dr. Orlando Fairfax, Richmond.
On the death of his personal friend, George Peabody, General Lee wrote the following to Mr. Peabody Russell:
Lexington, Virginia, November 10, 1869.
My Dear Mr. Russell: The announcement of the death of your uncle, Mr. George Peabody, has been received with the deepest regret wherever his name and benevolence are known: and nowhere have his generous deeds, restricted to no country, section, or sect, elicited more heartfelt admiration than at the South.