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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Private & public life are subject to the same rules, & truth & manliness are two qualities that will Cary you through this world, much better than policy, or tact, or expediency or any other end that was ever divided to Conceal or mystify a devised from a straight line.

Wherever property, talent & virtue are all on one side, & only ignorant numbers, with a mere sprinkling of property & talent to agitate them & make use of them, or misenformed or mistaken virtue to sanction them on the other side, no honest man can take long to deliberate which side he will chose.

Politicians are more or less so warped by party feeling, by selfishness, or prejudices, that their minds are not altogether truly balanced. They are the most difficult to cure of all insane people, politics having so much excitement in them.





Source: Robert E. Lee Headquarters Papers, 1850-1876, Folder 29, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 6

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