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[68] manly courtesy, dignified conduct, and Christian charity, must intensely endear him to those who knew him.

Mrs. Lee and my daughters, while they join in unfeigned sorrow for your bereavement, unite with me in sincere regards and fervent prayers to Him, who can alone afford relief, for His gracious support and continued protection to you. May His abundant mercies be showered upon you, and may His almighty arm guide and uphold you.

Please thank Miss Randolph for writing to me.

With great respect and true affection, your obedient servant,

(Signed) R. E. Lee.

The following expresses a great deal in brief compass:

Lexington, February 28, 1870.
Mr. Samuel R. George, 71 Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland:
My Dear Sir; I have learned with deep regret the great sorrow that has befallen you, and sincerely sympathize in your overwhelming grief. But the great God of heaven takes us at the period when it is best for us to go, and we can only gratefully acknowledge His mercy and try to be resigned to His will. Every beat of our hearts marks our progress through life and admonishes us of the steps we make towards the grave. We are thus every moment reminded to prepare for our summons. With my earnest sympathy for yourself and kindest regards to your children, in which Mrs. Lee and my daughters unite,

I am most truly yours,


The friendship between General Lee and the venerable Bishop Meade, of Virginia (whose efficient labors in the cause of evangelical piety were widely known and appreciated even outside of his own communion), was touchingly beautiful, and the following letter will be read with peculiar interest:

Lexington, Virginia, March 7, 1866.
Rt. Rev. John Johns, Bishop of Virginia, Theological Seminary, near Alexandria, Virginia:
Rt. Rev. and Dear Sir: I am very glad to learn, from your note of the 27th ult., that you have consented to write a memoir


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