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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Heathsville Va. May 12 1892


My dear Sir

I sent the officers of Lee arms off hurriedly to the steamer, and failed to send note with same as I intended, the photographer charged me 25 a piece or 50 cts for the two. Mr Brown the last time I saw him promised me that he would certainly furnish me in writing what he knew concerning the effigy, but said it was but little, I hope in the course of human events to get some thing from him for you-if reminders will avail—I had hoped to be in Washington before the 1st of June as I had some business in Balto, & expected to cross to Washington & come down the Potomac on steamer. In answer to your Enquiry I have to state that no steamer from Norfolk to Baltimore on to Washington touches this County;—the company which runs the line of steamers from Baltimore to Fredericksburg did have during the winter a boat which ran to Norfolk, which would have landed you in Lancaster the adjoining county, but she has suspended her trip, & there is no boat from Norfolk touching either Northd or Lancaster counties at this time. In great haste,

Very truly

Wm. S. Crallé


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.452, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 29


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