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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

17 May, 1892.

My Dear Mr. Ned:

            Your letter of the 1st March last, and the accompanying photograph, were duly received; but I have been prevented by a severe attack of rheumatism, following an attack of “La Grippe,” from thanking you for your favors before now.

            I mail you with this note seven photos of my father, and two of myself, all that I have on hand. Some of them you may not have seen. There is an engraving of Genl. Lee, taken from a photograph (that was taken at the same time as the profile sent herewith) sold by Bradley & Co., No. 66 North Fourth Street, your city. In the engraving & in the profile, the collar shows very high in the neck. Some of the Richmond ladies made, and presented to Genl. Lee, a set of shirts & collars; and when he had his picture taken for them, at their request, he wore one of these collars. There was a full length picture taken at the same time; but I have not a copy of it.

            My sisters are both absent – Mary, in New York; and Mildred, in Europe. My brother Robb., and my nephew of the same name, are the only ones with me. Please present me kindly to your household.

affectionately Yrs.,

G. W. C. Lee

Dr. Edmund J. Lee,

            Philadelphia, Pa.



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.453

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 10

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