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I am, with great respect, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee. Mrs. Joseph S. Jones, Mrs. Thomas Carroll, Miss Brownlow, Committee Miss M. Alston, Mrs. J. M. Heck, Mrs. Lucinda Jones,
His son's wife, to whom he was deeply attached, and to whom he wrote many touchingly beautiful letters, full of the consolations and hopes of the Gospel, died while her husband (General W. H. F. Lee) was in a Northern prison, and on his return General Lee wrote him the following:
camp, Orange county, April 24, 1864.
I received last night, my dear son, your letter of the 22d.
It has given me great comfort.
God knows how I loved your dear, dear wife, how sweet her memory is to me, and how I mourn her loss.
My grief could not be greater if you had been taken from me. You were both equally dear to me. My heart is too full to speak on this subject, nor can I write.
But my grief is for ourselves, not for her. She is brighter and happier than ever—safe from all evil, and awaiting u