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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



                                                      Richmond 26 Apl 26 ’62

          I have just recd My dear Miss Mary, your letter of the 24th. I am my very obliged to you for writing & I am Sure you must have felt every evg that I was thinking of you. I never reach my quarters without doing so & wishing to See you. I hope there is no possibility of the Federal army reaching Richmond. They are certainly not here now & every man I trust will do their best to prevent them. I think you & Misses Lizzie & Lou might pay us a visit. Mr. Keith & I are getting very melancholy & I do not know what will become of us. If you remain absent I fear we will not object to being captured. Tell Miss Lou her house looked very sad & dark last night as I passed in the rain. Not a ray of light Could I discover. When are you Coming back? It is like throwing pearls before Swine to Keep you there in the muddy streets of Danville.

            Please give my love to the three & in your Share I am cordially joined by Colonel Lee with best wishes for the happiness of all.

I am very truly yours,

R E Lee

Miss Mary Triplett


Source: Facsimile of original, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 January 28

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