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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.


 

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Windsor May 30th 1888

Mrs. George T. Lee[1]

My dear Ella[2],

George’s last letter informed me, that I have now another daughter, who will be welcomed with the most affectionate interest by all the members of her new family, into their midst. I hope, it will be in George’s power after a while to bring you to Virginia, where you may be sure of having a Virginia welcome, as far as warm and loving interest can give one.

            George wrote me, he was going to try to persuade you to write me a long letter. I add my persuasions to his, that you will send me, not one letter, but many, in the course of time, Long, pleasant letters, giving me information about yourself, those you love, and telling me of the country around you. It will give me great pleasure to correspond with you, and I hope you will grant my request, and not think it troublesome. And I hope too, you will call me mother. That is the name Alice, my Roberts wife gives me, and I trust you will do the same. Here are two requests already from your new mother, but from what George has written me, I think, I may depend upon your kindness to grant both. I would particularly like to hear of yours & George’s home life.

            Alice, Katharine, and Robert, join me in love to you, and many wishes for yours and George’s future happiness.

            I remain,

                        Your affectionate mother,

Lucy Lee[3]

 

 

Source: Facsimile of original, courtesy of Rhonda Lee, vertical files, duPont Library, Stratford Hall

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 January 8

 


[1] Charles Taylor Lee (1848-1933) was a New Market cadet during the Civil war. He was born in Brookfield and moved to Powhatan as a boy. In 1866, he attended Washington and lee University. In 1870, he moved to Hardy, West Virginia, where he taught and studied law. In May 1888, he married Ella Goodrum. He became a lawyer and practiced law in Johnson City, Tennessee.

[2] Ella Goodrum Lee (1863-1930).

[3] Lucy Penn Taylor Lee (1827-1913) was 20 years old when she married Charles Carter Lee, who was 49 at the time. They owned a farm in Powhatan County called “Windsor Forest.”

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