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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Petersburg, 5 July ’64


My precious Life

I recd this morg by your brother your note of the 3rd & am very glad to hear that your mother is better. I sent out immediately to try & find some lemons but Could only procure two, sent to me by a kind lady, Mrs. Kirkland, in Petersburg. There were gathered from her own trees. There are none to be purchased. I found one in my valise, dried up, which I also send as it may prove of some value. I also put up some early apples which you Can roast for your mother & one pear. This is all the fruit I Can get. You must go to market every morg. & see if you Cannot find some fruit for her. There are no lemons to be had. Tell her lemonade is not as palatable or digestible as buttermilk. Try & get some good buttermilk for her. With ice it is delicious & very nutritious. I hope she will Continue to improve & be soon well & leave that heated City. It must be wasting now. The sight of Sweet Mary T. [Triplett] would be refreshing. Take her to see her poor mother. Tell her I can only think of her & pray for her recovery. I wish I Could be with her to nurse her & Care for her. Keep Custis Morgan out of her sight & if you would immerse his head under the water for five minutes in one of his daily baths it would relieve him & you of infinite trouble. Good bye my dear daughter. Give much love to precious Agnes. I am glad your dear Sister is well enough to be out. Tell her she must get strong & take Care of your mother. I want to see you all very much, but Cannot now See the day when. I think of you, long for you, pray for you. It is all I Can do. Think sometimes of your devoted father.

R E Lee


Miss Mildred Lee


Source: Photocopy of letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss 1 L51c 532, Section 27, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 1


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