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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



6 Feby [1852]


My dear Bonaparte


I have just recd & read a review of the Memoir on the U.S. Arty. The memoir itself I have not seen, but I think you will be able to get at its spirit if not its merits from the pages of the reviewer.

If you would like to read it, please return it to me as early as convenient, as it has been loaned to me, with a request that it be returned. We are progressing with the measles & I think our invalids are better today, at least more comfortable.

With our best regards to Mrs. B--I remain very truly yours


R E Lee


Source: William D. Hoyt, Jr., ed., "Some Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1850-1858," Journal of Southern History, 12 (november 1946), 560.


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 22

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