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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Dear Lewis,

                        I should have written to you long ago, but one thing or another has prevented, and recently, quite a severe attack of sickness.

                        We are very dull here at this time—the question of union & disunion seems to be settled, at least for the present by the compromises and I think the agitation to the North can not disturb it.

                        The death of the atty Gen’l of this State has given his place to an old friend of ours Robt J Brent1—who is a good fellow and needy

                        I have an idea of going to England in the spring, to look after some old estate—have you any business there?

                        The accounts you sent I called to the attention of Grafton & he promised to have them collected.

            Any thing I can do for you will be promptly attended till the middle of May, when I can arrange matters [illegible] for England.

            business is dull here, and many of us at the bar are not progressing

            My office is worth little or nothing.

                        write to me at yr leisure.

                                                            With sincere friendship


                                                            Z. Collins Lee

Geo. W. Lewis Esq

                                    Baltimore Feby 17th 1851




1. Robert James Brent (1811-1872) of Baltimore, was born in Opelousas in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. He was a Democrat and a lawyer and served as the Maryland state attorney in 1851. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860. He died in Baltimore.



Source: Digital reproduction of original, copy courtesy of Rev. Betty Works Fuller, Corpus Christi, Texas


Transcribed by Colin Woodward and Judy Hynson, 2016 October 21

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