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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond 3 Nov ’62


My Precious Child

Since we parted a great affliction has overwhelmed us. May God in his mercy turn it to our benefit & cause us to be prepared for the summons to his presence. Now that your dear sister has been taken from you, consider her character with affection. If you find in it any thing to condemn, avoid it. Thus her death may prove of as much advantage to you as her life. I can not tell you how much I lament her loss. How much I grieve over her early death. Yet I know it is well, & the heavy blow that has been dealt to us, was sent in mercy & kindness to her. I feel that she is now safe, & far removed from all harm & danger. But as those dear to me are diminished, I cling more anxiously to those who remain. To you my dear child my heart yearns with intense affection. I long to see you. Look closely to your conduct & course & may we yet meet in happiness. I pray constantly for you & think of you constantly. With great love & affection your devoted father

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 399, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 October 27



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