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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 26 Nov 1857

My dear Cousin Anna,

I have recd your note of the 22nd & am glad to find there is a prospect of your soon completing your arrangements at R_ & being in Alexa. I fear I shall not see you till then. The period of Mildred’s visit comes around tomorrow. I have not seen her but once, & on Monday the Childes are to be here. They did not come last tuesday as expected, but write they will be in Washington on Monday at 11 1/2 AM. I went to the cars to meet them, & called by the Naval Courts, & about 2 P.M, Smith having finished his testimony in the Case of Junius Boyle Came over with me. We had some hope of finding you here, as after parting with Cousin John at the church door Sunday, I found in the carriage his letter announcing his expectation of being here tuesday evg, & he said he had written to you by the same mail. He could only stay tuesday night, & told me to tell you he had not time to go up to see you. Wednesday morg he went over to see his Mason Connexions & intended to spend that night in Baltimore & proceed to Phila to day, where I hope he arrived safely. He looked very well & was in good spirits. Nannie & the boys were well. Childe does not say how long he will remain. I have heard nothing from Carter.

My uncertainty as to the best course for me to pursue, under the new duties delivered upon me, arises not from what would be the most agreable to me, but what would be the best for my children & the most prudent for my wife. But we can talk over all these things when we meet, better than at a distance. It will not be necessary for me to decide for some months yet.

I am very much obliged to you for your offer of Alice. But it is not necessary for me to withdraw her from her home. Old Anne can take me to the mill & I require no horse to carry me about here. There are so many commissions to the different towns that the carriage is the most convenient conveyance. I shall have to provide myself with a horse if I remain long.

All send much love. Hoping to see you soon. I remain dear Cousin Anna

most affy yours 

R E Lee


Mrs A M Fitzhugh



Source:  Digital scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1749-1975, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 25

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