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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Mrs. Copeland:[1]

With all my heart, I thank you for your thoughtfulness! Since my father’s passing, I have felt that the firmest link which bound me to the past has been severed, but I thank God for his ninety-one rich years.

            At such a time, the sympathy of friends like you is the surest of comforts, after faith itself.

Gratefully yours,

Douglas Freeman


Mch 1, 1935.


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 5, M2009.510, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 2




[1] Grace Beale Cunningham (1878-1952) was Mrs. Walter Scott Copeland of Virginia. W. S. Copeland was the editor of several Norfolk area newspapers.


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