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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Atlees 29 May ’64


I recd. this morg. dear Mary your note of yesterday & the basket of provisions. You must thank Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Stannard & Mrs. Randolph, for their kindness & Consideration. I have not been very sick, but Could not keep my horse for some days back. I am better now & hope to be well tomorrow. It is the more aggravating from the work I have to do. I trust God will give me strength for all He wishes me to do. I had hoped dear Daughter was well. Give her much love & tell her how much I sympathize with her. I am glad you have got Precious Life back. You had all better keep together & go somewhere where you can get peace & quiet. I think of you very often & wish I could be with you. May God keep & preserve you all. Do not send any of the whiskey. Some kind gentleman has sent me some brandy which I am using. I want for nothing. Everybody is kind that I am overwhelmed by it. The enemy is moving again this afternoon, apparently to our left on the line which they came from.

Give much love to Smith, Carter, Custis, all the girls & our kind friends. Fitzhugh, Rob, Fitz & all the boys are well. I am writing in the midst of many things. God bless you all.

Truly & affly yours

R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 521, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 24

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