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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond 14 May ’62


I have recd. my precious Annie your affectionate note. I sent you a message with the other girls in my note to your mother. You must not think I am robbing yourself or your mama. I hope she will have enough for her purposes if any thing can be saved. Not independent of the consideration, in these perilous times it is well that all should have a little. Some may be saved & they can help the others. It is useless to return the papers. The transfers are all made & the certificates merely shew the amount standing in your name. Keep them therefore & take care of them. Draw the interests in July & Jany & use the money as may be required. The stock in the Valley of Virga. Winchester is not yet transferred & you will not therefore find the certificate of that in your package. But the authority to do so has been given. Mr. Macfarland has the power of attorney & will send it to Mr Brent1 Cashr. of the Bank in Winchester as soon as opportunity offers. Now Goodbye & may God in his infinite mercy guard & protect you always. Give much love & many Kisses to Agnes & Mildred.

Your affectionate father

R E Lee


Miss Annie Lee



 Source: Transcribed from photocopy of the original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 353, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 March 7



1. Henry Moore Brent (1797-1875) was born in Winchester. His parents were Colonel Innes Brent and Rachel Moore. He married Harriet E. Baker, ca. 1825. He died 1875 October 17 in Winchester.

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