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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 2 July ‘59

My dearest Cousin Anna

I am much disappd not to have seen anything of you this past week & sincerely regret it. I had hoped when I saw you to have certainly spent a day with you & had in my own mind fixed upon to day.

When Mary Childe & Agnes returned from Goodwood tuesday, she read me four letters from her Papa distressing accounts of my poor sister Anne, which though I hope may be exaggerated, still makes me very uneasy.

It seems she has some affliction of her eyes which in the opinion of the Surgeons may terminate in blindness. The possibility is as afflicting to her as the reality which she believes will occur. Thursday another letter arrived from Childe giving no more encouraging accounts & speaking of Annes distress &c. I therefore determined to go on this evg to see her, & yesterday with Mary C. Anne & Agnes started to pay you a visit & to carry the girls by Mrs Lippitt where they were anxious to go to pay a visit & to see the Miss Fontaines. On arriving there we found they had gone to witness the ordination at the seminary [sic], & I concluded you would have gone there too, so we wound up our trip at Mrs J. Lloyds & returned home. I expect to return tues day, 5th. But I fear you will have left Alexa before I Can get there. I am very sorry dear Cousin Anna I see so little of you. I shall return to Texas I fear no better off than when I came. The Carters did not come up from S[hirley]. Too hot and Bernard & his wife are expected there to day.

Very truly & always affy yours

R E Lee


P. S. M. Childe takes advantage of my escort this evg to return to her Papa.

Mrs 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 27

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