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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hamilton, Va, June 12. 1895

My dear Ed,

            I must drop a line to thank you for the handsome book, which does do you much credit, & for which I am greatly obliged. Of course I will remember you with respecting the “gift.” If I had known you meant to introduce my notice of myself, I could have given you a line or two of my history respecting my service under the “Comr. of the Soldiers’ Home” at Washn, of when Genl. Scott was president & whose secy I was for two years receiving a salary (including that I got in the Adjt Genls Office) of $2,400, when the late miserable war obliged me to go to Richmond where, in a week after my arrival, I was appointed an Asst. Adjt. Genl. on Genl. Cooper’s staff. & assigned to the duties of “Judge Advocate”, which I discharged for about three years. On my return to Loudon I was twice elected Commonwealth’s Attorney of the County. & discharged its duties for 5 years. You can put that in yr. 2nd edition! which I hope may be called for. At any rate I trust this and may prove remunerative. I shall take pleasure in reading it when I am well enough. Hope you can make out – what I have managed to write. I can hardly write legibly.

Yr. affectionate uncle

C. H. Lee

Dr E. J. Lee.

            Phila Pa.



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.468

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 13

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