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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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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10 June ’62

 

My dear Mary

I only recd. yesterday your letter of the 6th announcing the death of our little Grd.son. I cannot help grieving at his loss & know what a void it will occasion in the hearts of his parents. But when I reflect upon his great gain by his merciful transition from earth to Heaven, I think we ought to rejoice. God grant that we may all join him around the throne of our maker to unite in praise & adoration of the Most High forever. Write to Charlotte for me. When I left F[itzhugh] day before yesterday he had not heard it.

I have directed my trunk to be brought to Custis’ room & now send the key that he may get out the key of the box of papers he desires. It is on a bunch which I think is in the drawer of the tray. He will know it. It is Cuniform & there is one on the bunch that resembles it but will not fit. He had better take both. There are duplicates of the proper key. The other key that resembles them is larger. Perry says Custis packed up his flannel pants in his trunk. I hope he may find them there but P is not entirely reliable. I wish you would place in my trunk the blue coat I return. It is of no use to me here & send me one of the linen Coats in it. The thick linen I prefer. Though old it will answer for me to wear in the house. You must not think I am sick. I have taken cold this excessively hot weather from being too thickly clad. I am better I hope to day. At any rate have not time to be sick.

Give much love to every body.

Truly & afy

R E Lee

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss12 L51c 357, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 11

 

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