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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 10 Nov 1854


My precious Markie

I cannot let Custis depart without carrying a few lines to you, to assure you of my love & fond recollection. I feel much satisfaction in your being with our dear father, & know that he will want for nothing that true affection & delicate kindness Can procure him. I am very glad to hear that you are so well again & hope you will Continue to enjoy what is so necessary to our Comfort & usefulness in this world. May the good God that watches over us all long Continue it to you. Remember me very kindly to Cousins Brit. Washn Jane, Lum & Kate. I hope Lolo1 is with you. I know how happy it will make you. Remember me to orton when you write. I hope he is pleased with his school & is studying hard.

Very truly & affy your Cousin

R E Lee



1. Nickname for Lawrence Williams, Markie’s brother.



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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