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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Orange, Xmas night, ’63


I am filled with sadness dear Mary at the intelligence conveyed in your letter of last evg. I have been oppressed with sorrowful forebodings since parting with Charlotte. She seemed to me stricken with a prostration I could not understand. Dear child she promised to be better the next morg & I wrote to her in a cheerful & hopeful mood which I Could not feel. That you may know my sorrow in all its breadth and depth, as far as I know my own heart, I feel for her all the love I bear Fitzhugh. That is very great. I pray she may be spared to us. Yet Gods will be done! The blow so grievous to us, is intended I believe in mercy to her. She was so devoted to F[itzhugh]. Seemed so bound up in him, that apparently she thought of & cared for nothing else. They seemed so united, that I loved them as one person. I would go down tomorrow, but from your letter have no hope of finding her alive, or of being able to do any thing for her. I feel that all will be done for her that human power can, & oh I pray that our merciful father will yet spare her, or gently take her to Himself! Telegraph me if I can yet reach there in time.

I recd today the two boxes you sent. Distributed the socks & am much obliged for the turkey.

Truly & affy

R E Lee    



Source: Photocopy of photocopy of Lee’s handwritten letter, Lee family Papers, Mss1 L51c 495, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 December 19

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