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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



dear Sir,

            I am not able to make a suitable apology, for the liberty I take of mentioning to you, that I have heard it suggested you have several good hounds to give away, & of asking you to give me 3 or 4 of them. The wolves & foxes prey so audaciously and in such numbers around us that without the active assistance of dogs we shall have none but the larger quadrapeds left on our farms.

            Will you be so good as to let me hear from you by return of Post, and believe me to be with sincere esteem for yrself& the family at sabine hall your humble & faithful servant.

H. Lee

Stratford 8th Feby. 1821




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2012.131, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 27

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