• The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Fort Brown, Texas, 7 Jany ’57


Last night my dear brother Childe, I recd. among a package of over 30 letters from San Antonio, your two of the 2nd & 4th Decr. I have read & reread them, & to the exclusion of all else, save Marys sit down to acknowledge them, by a steamer, which is expected to depart from the mouth of the river tomorrow, for New Orleans: & to meet which, a mail is to be despatched from here this morg. I Cannot express the Comfort they have given me. To Know that you & your children are well, safe, & in America has taken from my mind a load of anxiety. But what sweet Consolation to know that she I mourn, was so prepared so ready, so happy in the moment of translation from earth to heaven! Your account, clear & touching, & next in pain to witnessing the reality, though it has reopened afresh the springs of my grief & incapacitated me for writing, has still produced a healing soothing influence that is beyond all price. I now sorrow for the living not the dead. I do not even wish her return to this world of pain & Care. In the bright mansions of a glorious heaven she will be forever happy! We cannot help but mourn & be quiet.

I felt the truth of all you said & how grateful I am that you were with her, to guide encourage & support her as this earth faded & a brighter world had not yet opened to her view.

I am afraid the cold of a northern winter, may be too trying to you, Edwad. & Marie, so long accustomed to a milder climate.

You will have to be very careful of yourself & them. The spring in Boston I know is particularly Severe. Give much love to E. & M. & Florence when you write.

I will write again Soon. Tell Fitzhugh I found no letter from him among the package. His was the only one missing. May God bless & preserve you is the Constant prayer of your brother


R E Lee



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.233, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 August 29  

Reference Shelf

Data Collections

About the Project

Website by Fresh Look Web Design
Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved