• The Lees of Virginia
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  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



I will tell you that my mistress, when she died, gave me a little life annuity of 30 francs per month, then she gave me all her wardrobe and all what was inside her rented house. Sir, I recommend you for your kindness about this effort. I will tell you that I miss your sister, my kind mistress, she was so good for me that I lose a lot losing her. Madam bequeaths her husband’s clock to her step-brother. Sir, the vice-counsel Brent had soothed very well the Madam’s last moments. He did not let her lack anything. He did everything possible to be sure she was well treated.


Sir, I take your leave, and I am, with respect, your very humble servant.


Louise Gerard




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.197, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 20

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