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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



West Point 28 Febr 1854


My dearest Markie[1]

I deputed Mary to thank you for your note by Rooney, & to express my sense of your kindness, in remembering me & my pen at the time of its reception in the great Bazar of London. Now that I am able, I will myself acknowledge my gratitude from your remembrance & pretty present, & also for your thoughtfulness in sending the socks. The pen wiper is beautiful & the best I have ever seen. I have as yet been only able to admire it. To use it never, nor can I make up my mind to touch it, but with an unsoiled pen. I wish it to last as long as my recollection of you, & that will be as long as memory lives. I recd last month a letter from Lawrence. He was well & cheerful & better contented I think with Garrison life than when he last wrote. He had seen Jerome Bonaparte & heard from Iris, who had reached Albequerque in comfort. Your friends the Benards & Reynolds are well. We see them often. I will have to give Cousin M[ary] the narration of local news, who will do it much better than I can. I enclose you a hearts ease, that I have had since last spring—Faded as it is, it will still whisper Comfort & hope to one who careth For the flower, will much more care for the bountiful Giver.


I remain your Cousin

RE Lee


To Miss Markie Williams, Arlington


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.226, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 4



[1] Martha “Markie” Custis Williams, a cousin of Mary Custis Lee and a distant cousin of Robert E. Lee. Markie lived at Tudor Place across the Potomac from Arlington.

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