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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

            I am very much obliged to you for the good care you have given my horse. I had hoped he might have been of Some Service to you, but fear he has been the cause of trouble. I am extremely obliged to you for your kind office of future service, but hope I shall not be obliged to trespass on your kindness.

            I will give Genl Smiths letter to my Son on his return. He rode off this mng with Mr. Edmund Cocke to Waltons mill & has not yet returned. He has not yet recovered his strength, & though I know he would like very much to See Genl Smith. I do not Know that he will be able at this time to visit you.

            Please present my Kind regards to your mother & Sisters. I wished very much to call on my return from Fine Creek but concluded it was better to come directly on. I found my daughter Agnes very sick & she is still confined, but I hope a little better.

            I am glad to hear that your health is restored & hope you will be able to ride up & see us.

Very truly yours,

R E Lee



Mr. John B. Cocke

July 28, 1865




Source: Facsimile of original, Lee Papers, University of Virginia Library, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 February 3

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