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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




     Dear Sir


       Upon my return yesterday from an expedition to the head Waters of the Brazos & Wichita, I rec - d your letter of the 16th Ulto. I regret very much that you have been unable to balance the accounts between Mr Nelson & Mr Custis, & particularly that Mr Nelson has not given the required explanations. Should he still decline to do so, I have to request that you will settle the accounts according to the data before you, according to the rules & customs in such cases. All charges & vouchers requiring explanation can be suspended, & if subsequently found correct, can be admitted. Please notify Mr Nelson previously to closing the account, that he may have an opportunity of furnishing any information he may desire, & send me a statement exhibiting the balance. The terms upon which you offer to take charge of Mr Custis estates are acceptable to me. At this distance & in the present unsettled state of things, I can make no arrangement as yet for the coming year, until I hear from Mr Custis, to whom I have written & communicated your offer - I am very glad to hear that all my relatives are well & particularly rejoice at the intelligence you give me of my brother - Please present me in the kindest manner to all at Hickory Hill & North Wales & believe me

                     very truly yours
                     R E Lee




Wm Overton Winston Esqr Hanover Ct House VA




Source: Lee Papers, Alderman Library, University of Virginia


Transcribed by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards, 2001. Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 28

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