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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Genl R. Jones

Adjt Genl U.S.A.

Washington City


Engineer Department

Washington 21 Feby 1845




An original letter from Major R. Delafield, Supt Mil: Academy, of the 1 Nov 1844, & marked 2917, referred to the Secy of War on the 8 Nov 1844, has not been returned to this office. It is ascertained that it has got among some court martial papers in your office.

I have therefore to request, that you will return it to this office, in order that I may restore it to the proper files


Very respy your obtservt

R E Lee


Source: Original letter, placed inside Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, Vol. I, by A. Long, Jessie Ball DuPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward 2015 October 30



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