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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Arlington         1 April 1849


My dearest Markie


The pain of leaving Arlington is much increased at my being unable to bid you adieu. My departure coming so quickly upon my arrival causes many things to press upon my attention, & business drives entirely away pleasure. One of the pleasures I always anticipate enjoying here, is the sight of you Markie, & to forego it causes me great regret. I saw in Pensacola, your Uncle & Aunt Gardner & their pretty daughters. The ladies were as sweet & kind as ever & sent you much love, their kindest regards & affectionate kisses (The last they did not give). Mrs G. looked remarkably well & happy. Said she thought of you constantly & took the liveliest interest in all that concerned you. Miss Lum & Kate were also remembered by the whole party. The two young ladies are great Belles, but I think their mother is prettier than either. I mean that as no disparagement to them. I preferred writing to detailing these messages to cousin Brit, & had hoped time would have enabled me to have entered more into detail, but the last Sand of the Glass is nearly exhausted & I must be off. I go to Baltimore this evg to commense my duties there. My return is uncertain. Present my kindest regards to your Gdmother Cousin Brit, Miss Lum & Kate & Bunny in which all here unite.

Believe me always your

Cousin R E Lee



Source: Scan of original letter, Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, 1844-1870, Huntington Library, San Marino, California


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 July 26         

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