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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Rappk. 31 Oct ’63



My precious Life

I am much obliged to you for writing by Capt Fitzhugh. I did not see the capt, but the letter reached me safely & gave me much pleasure. Robertus paid me a visit about the time of its reception & he had the pleasure of its perusal. He seemed to think he would like to catch a glimpse of those inquisitive young damsels you mention, & that the sight would not be so formidable as you supposed. As for myself, I have but one kind of reception for them & have always found that they retreated first. I have no prospect now of a visit to Raleigh, but hope I may soon see you. Your Mother has a little abode in Richmond and with which she is well satisfied. The great drawback to it in my opinion is that it is not large enough to contain Charlotte. I do not see where she can put you if you go on, & you will have to Come & see me. my people have built a nice chimney to my tent & shuttered it with pine walling, so you will be very Comfortable & can sleep before the fire, on these stools: we have some beef & camp biscuit still which will be an arguable charge to you from the soft fare of St Mays. I want to see you very much & am always thinking of you. I hope you Continue well. I fear your poor mother is but little better. How she will get along in Richmond by herself I do not know. Agnes & Mary are always reported so busy that they Cannot write. But what they do I do not Know. Remember me to Mrs. Bradley Johnson when you see her, & say that her husband is ordered to Hanover Junction, so she Can go & see him. When you come to Richmond. If I cannot get to see you, you must Come & see me. If you do not like my tent, I may find a little corner for you in some farm house. Good bye my dear Child. May God in his infinite Kindness always keep & preserve you, in the Constant prayer

of your father


           R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 484, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 20

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