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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



My dear Ann,[1]


     I have been seized with the most violent & painful influenza & sore throat that I ever had. The latter made last night the most painful I ever experienced. I can scarcely breathe or swallow, & yet am always swallowing I shall go to bleeding gargling etc. this evening & fear I shall not be able to see you until Wednesday. Though I am in severe pain I am in no danger. I hope you will be better when I see you.


Yr afft


                                                                          H Lee



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2012.007, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 2




[1] Anne Robinson McCarty Lee (1797-1840), Henry’s wife. She was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and died in Paris. This letter is undated, but likely was written shortly before Henry's death on 1837 January 30.

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