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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

10 Nov 1862


My precious daughter

I have just recd. your letter of the 26th. I sympathize deeply in your lonileness [sic] & grief. God only knows how sad & distressed I am. But I sorrow for those left behind, not for the happy angel in Heaven. It is all bright & peaceful with her & we should rejoice at her transtation [sic] from this world of sorrow to the presence of her Creator who has ordered it in wisdom & mercy. His will be done. I am glad you are pleased with your school. I hope you will be happy & endeavour to improve yourself. God grant that we may one day be all again united in this world, when we must the more love each other & remember affectionately the dead. I wrote you from Richmond & hope you got the letter. I have given you love & messages to Rob & Fitzhugh. The former is in the Valley & the latter near me. I wrote to Rob today. My hand is still painful & I cannot write much. God bless you my dear child is the constant prayer of your affectionate father

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 402, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 October 31

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