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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Stratford          March 15th 1806


Mr. Fitzhugh returned here an hour ago from Rosegill,1 and contrary to my expectation will set out early in the morning for the upper Country—all the family are in bed, and being indisposed, I must quickly follow them, which leaves me but a few moments to devote to my dear Mrs. Lee.

Your last letter my dear friend I am truly grateful for—I have long ardently wished to see you, judge then with how much pleasure I contemplate your intended visit. Your request that I will inform you of my plans for the Summer, but I will reserve the communication, for an evenings conversation in the old Saloon: when I shall endeavor, so to arrange them, as to spend as much time in your society as possible. In the interim my beloved friend, you must exert yourself to conquer every difficulty which may arise to oppose our meeting, and continuing together for some time—Adieu my dear friend, and always remember how much you are valued by your

Ann Lee




1. Plantation in Middlesex County, Virginia, belonging to the Wormeley family.



Source: Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L5144 a 6389, Section 63, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 August 30



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