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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Lexington 19th April

I have not heard from you for a long time, my dear Miss Letty & was glad to see some one from Liberty who would give me some account of you all. We have had your Pastor & his daughter with us & have been much pleased with them both. I wish you could have come on at the same time & made us a visit then for as they have been in the church nearly all the time. I fear I should not have seen much of you, I was glad to hear of you still at the sweet old place where I can recall you all so vividly. You must miss Rosa so much will she not come & see you this summer? What do you hear of Kitty Dabney was there any truth in the report of her engagement to Von Borke. I wonder if he has ever recovered from his wound. The last I heard of him he had entered the Prussian reserve & was at the battle of Sadowa & how is your dear mammia? You must give her a great deal of love from us all & also to Miss Boywen & Lilly.

When I was at your house did I not give to some of your family a full length of Genl Lee in uniform. If you have it still I would esteem it a great favor if you would send it to me by the first safe opportunity as I am anxious to have a copy taken of it as the original was destroyed in the fire in Richmond. I will take great care of it & return it to you. Pictures of him taken during the war in a military dress are particularly valuable now, & I think I can have some good cartes de visite taken from it in which case I will send you one when I return it. I shall be glad to hear from you when you have time or inclination to write. I am so confined that I know but little of is transpiring in the outer world except through the medium of newspapers & they are very painful to read they contain so much to annoy and distress, it is hard to pray & wait for better times yet I trust they will come at last. The genl and Mildred unite with me in love.

Ever yours affectionately,

MC Lee

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.404

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 May 23

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