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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
Arlington, and that it may be long and often repeated.
I thought of you all and wished to be with you. Mine was gratefully but silently passed.
I endeavored to find some little presents for the children in the garrison to add to their amusement, and succeeded better than I had anticipated.
The stores are very barren of such things here, but by taking the week beforehand in my daily walks I picked up little by little something for all. Tell Mildred I got a beautiful Dutch doll for little Emma Jones-one of those crying babies that can open and shut their eyes, turn their head, etc. For the two other little girls, Puss Shirley and Mary Sewell, 1 found handsome French teapots to match cups given to them by Mrs. Waite; then by means of knives and books I satisfied the boys.
After dispensing my presents I went to church; the discourse was on the birth of our Saviour.
It was not as simply or touchingly told as it is in the Bible.
By previous invitation I dined with Major Thomas at 2 P.