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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Near Richmond

10 June ’62


My dear Mary

I have heard with great delight of your arrival in Richmond. I am strongly tempted to go in to see you. My Constant duties here alone prevent, & preparations for the anticipated movement of troops will detain me. I will Go up to see you as soon as I Can. Where do you intend to locate yourself? Let me know. I hope your arrival will restore my dear Custis, about whom I have been very uneasy. Give much love to Annie & Life & tell them I want to see them badly.

Very truly & affecty

R E Lee



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 358, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 March 27



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