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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




26 Apl ’62


I recd your note of the 24th this morg by mail. I will reply by the same mode as I presume Mr. W[ickham]. has not come to R[ichmond]. I am delighted to hear from you & hope you are well. I had learned from your mother that you & Charlotte had gone to Hickory hill & that she & Annie expected to leave for Mr. Sayre’s house on Monday. The rain will however have made the roads very bad & streams high & I doubt whether will be able to do so. I am glad you have the opportunity of visiting Hickory hill & its sweet occupants. You must give my love to them singly & collectively. I hope the federals will not have an opportunity to pay them a visit though they seem now to have the ability to go where they choose. They will have a pleasant time if they get there any how. I wish I had pleasant tidings to give but there are none & we must struggle along as we can & hope for the best. I have not seen Mary for some days. She is still at Mrs. Caskie’s & does not yet to tire of Richmond. I will deliver your message when I see her. I have written to Charlotte & will place this under cover to her. Mrs. Phebe Warwick has gone to join Miss Sallie within a day or two. I met her riding out with her spouse the other evg. Cupid is very active & weddings are abundant. The smoking club in Franklin St, concealed in a cloud of its own raising is untouched by his arrows. The Macfarlands & others are about leaving I understand.

God bless you my dear child.

Affy your father

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 351, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 March 27

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