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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Alexa Va. 10 July 1858

Mr. Wm O. Winston

Hanover CtHouse


Dr Sir

I am disappointed at not finding a reply to my letter of the 8th Inst. But presume it is the fault of the mails.

In the absence therefore of hearing from you, I will send the three men1 referred to in my letter to Richmond on the morg of the 12th Inst: via the Alexa & Gordonville R. R. which will reach Richmond I am told about 2 ½ P.M. The hour the train leaves here will be 7 ¼ A. M. & you will know the hour it will reach Hanover CtHouse. The men will be in charge of Richard Williams P. O. for Alexa. Co. Please make arrangements for their disposition

Very respy your obtservt

R E Lee




1. Slave laborers. This letter was written during the time when Lee was manager of the Arlington plantation.



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Winston Family Papers, Mss2 W733 b, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 5



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