written, in his characteristic chirography, ‘R. E. Lee
United States Army.’
How he took this blessed book as the man of his counsel and the light of his pathway— how its precious promises cheered him amid the afflictions and trials of his eventful life—how its glorious hopes illumined for him ‘the dark valley and shadow of death,’ eternity alone will fully reveal.
And he always manifested the liveliest interest in giving to others the precious Bible.
During the war he was an active promoter of Bible distribution among his soldiers, and soon after coming to Lexington
he accepted the presidency of the Rockbridge Bible Society, and continued to discharge its duties up to the time of his death.
I give his letter accepting this office:
The following paper may be appropriately introduced here: