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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Union Hall May 23, 1865


Genl. R. E. Lee,


My dear Sir: The house I offered you, the property of my Father, Mr Mayo Cabell, is at your service and I hope you will not hesitate to accept it. I have to regret that it is not better and more suitable. If you decide to accept it let me hear through Mr Philip Cabell that I may have every thing in readiness for you & years to occupy the house when it is most pleasant to you. The house will be furnished free of expence to you and if you fix a date earlier than the completion of the canal a carriage or carriages & wagons will meet you at the point reached by the packets, from which point you can reach us in one day if desired. I am now satisfied that if the house attended to or its location is not pleasant that I will have it in my power, through the kindness & co.operation of every one, to whom the subject may be mentioned to obtain other & more suitable houses in perhaps more suitable localities but I am (now just this minute reached my neighborhood) not prepared to do more than you find contained in this hastily written note.

In conclusion I beg you to allow me & my friends to render you any assistance in our power if we can do so pleasantly & agreeably to you.

Hoping that you will excuse this hastily written note & that I may receive a reply (favorable to my wishes) through Mr Cabell I hope you will present my kindest regards to Mrs. Lee and other members of your family.

Very truly yours

Willm. D Cabell



Source: Robert E. Lee Headquarters Papers, Folder 29, Mss3 L 515a, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 9




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