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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

I am as happy as my worn ole body will permit. But yr presence would give me additional delight. Do come & [illegible] here tomorrow & bring yr good young captain.

You will be pleased with my new friends. We dine at 2 & you must land on the west side on sight of the house. By enquiry you will be told exactly how & where.

By the boat send me my gun watch a tin box & my trunk of cloaths with my two mattresses & cot. Take half the nuts & send or rather leave in Alexandria for my son as you pass, 12 to plant & send a small bag with [illegible] for letters. The steward knows. Lastly write & tell me all yr hopes & prospects as to going home & whether you have heard from [illegible]

always    yrs          H L




Mr Caustens[1]

St Marys


Note: This letter is undated, but was written not long before Light Horse Harry Lee's death in 1818 in Georgia.




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.129, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 21







[1] James Hyman Caustens (1788-1874) was a native of Baltimore. He was also a veteran of the War of 1812 and later worked as a lawyer and as a counsel for the governments of Chili and Ecuador.


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