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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



West Point     12 Feby 1855


My dearest Markie

I cannot close Fitzhugh’s letter without thanking you for your remembrance, which though brief was sweet to me. The presence of our sons I hope will aid you in your pious care of our venerated father; though I fear it will not add either to the quiet or ease of the establishment. It however reconciles us in a measure more to his & their separation from us, & gives us the hope that they will be to each other a mutual comfort & benefit. We are very glad that our Aunt & Uncle Webster have been with you, as they must have been a substantial acquisition to your society, though it seems to have been short lived, & we hope soon to be repeated. Mary & the children unite with me in much love to you & all at Tudor. I hope Cousin Brit & all with her are well, & that you receive regular & pleasing accounts from Lolo & Bunny.

I have thought several times of late of your friends over the water, & in my repersual of Suchets memoirs1 the affairs of Barcelona have claimed more than their former interest.

This is shopping day for my young friends & I must now attend to their wants

Very truly your Cousin

R E Lee




1. Louis-Gabriel Suchet (1770-1826), one of Napoleon’s generals. He died in 1826, but his Memoirs of the War in Spain was published in 1829.



Source: Digital 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 September 15

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