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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



25th June 1865


            I cannot leave Richmond, my dear Mrs. Haxall[1] without expressing my deep appreciation of your many kindnesses since I first knew you here, & my regret that I cannot tell you so in person. I have nothing to leave you by way of memento save the little bunch of sweets I send you which you must lay among your handkerchiefs. I trust we shall meet yet in brighter times when our poor unhappy south may have a name & a place in the world now she seems well nigh annihilated, yet God can raise her from the dust. To Him alone can we look for aid & succor. I hear you are going abroad which I hope may restore your health.

Lou must come & see me before I leave.

            My kind regards to Mr. Haxall & believe me

Yrs affectionately,

M C Lee






Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.336, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 25



[1] Possibly the recipient is Octavia Robinson Haxall (1814-1892), wife of Richard Barton Haxall of Richmond and Orange County, Virginia. These Haxalls were the parents of Robert E. Lee, Jr.’s first wife, Charlotte Taylor Haxall (1848-1872).


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