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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Alexandria, Decr 4 1879

My dear Ned,

            You are about to start in life with a home of your own, & a wife of your choice. I hope that on taken possession of your new home, the first morning or evening of your residence, you will call yr little family together, wife & servants, & begin your new career in life by family prayer. I send your here with a little volume of family prayer. God has said “He that honoreth me I will honor.” Begin aright & the habit you will find it easy to keep up. Wishing you every happiness that may be good for you.

I am affectionately yr

C. F. Lee

Dr E. J. Lee




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.427

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 7

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