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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Beauvoir, Mississippi

26th Dec 1886,

Col. Walter H. Taylor,

My dear Sir,

            Your kind letter of the 20th Inst with that of Mr Thomas was duly received. It gave me great pleasure to hear from you and to see your handwriting revives many memories of a time which was full of sad incidents, but further still of purposes and acts which we can look back upon with clear conscience and of which, I hope posterity will be proud.

            I enclose a letter to Mr Thomas which I would thank you to have delivered, and in it refer to the Smithfield hams which you may remember you kindly, as in this instance, forwarded.

            With best wishes for you and yours, in which terms is included your good Brother and his family I am as ever

Very truly your friend

Jefferson Davis


Dear Col. Taylor,

            Accept from me for you and your household affectionate wishes for the prosperity and happiness of each of you for the coming year and assurances of the friendship of

Yours sincerely

Varina Davis

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.436

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 21

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