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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 12 Aug 1858

My dear Cousin Anna

I had hoped to have been able to get up to see you before going to the Hot, but it has been impossible. I shall not stay there longer than necessary to ensure the Comfort of Mary, as I find it very inconvenient to be absent at this time, & will See you as soon as I Can after my return.

I have determined to accept your invitation to the children during my absence, though I am afraid they will give you a great deal of trouble & some anxiety. There is no person with whom I would prefer their being than with you, but yet I feel it is a great charge to impose upon you.

They however prefer going there than elsewhere, & my own feelings have led me to gratify them. I hope they will give you no trouble & you must tell them to do what you desire.

I hear that Sis Nannie has Come on. Give much love to her, Smith & the boys. I hope to see them all soon.

The sickness of Mr Moore has detained us thus long. He was able to get out day before yesterday, though is still feeble.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee



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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