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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 March 12th, 1868

My dear sir,

The Genl has deputed me to acknowledge & thank you for your very kind note which substitution you would pardon if you knew the numbers of his correspondents. I feel flattered that your wife should desire my photograph which is so indifferent I am always unwilling to disseminate it. It was taken under great disadvantages in my room with a very bad light just at the close of the war when our artists were not supplied with the best materials. Perhaps you do not know that for 3 years I have been almost entirely confined to my chair with rheumatism. I mention this as an apology for the defects in the picture. Such as it is, it gives me great pleasure to send it to you who so kindly appreciate my husband & his services He desires to write with me in kindest regards to Mrs. Worth & yourself1 – allow me to subscribe myself yrs most respectfully & sincerely

M. C. Lee

I have just received the photograph



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.356

Uploaded by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 1

1. Jonathan Worth (1802-1869), served as Governor of North Carolina from 1865 to 1868.

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