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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 13 Decr 1858

My dear Cousin Anna

I have recd your note of the 9th & hope you did not incommode yourself in preparations for the Country, to meet the fragment of the check you generously sent me. I shall not want the money this year, but am equally obliged to you for thinking of me mid your own pressing arrangements.

I am sorry I did not see you Monday before taking the cars. I was detained down the street, looking for Mr Swain, longer than I anticipated, but Came up King street hoping to meet you. I had not expected you would have returned home so soon & was under the erroneous impression that the cars had changed their hour of leaving to 2 P.M. & was besides doubtful of my watch. This carried me to Depot, when I found you not at home.

I should have gone to Alexa Thursday morg in the hope of seeing you, as I know you must have been detained by the inclement weather, but in the midst of the Storm of tuesday, uncle Wms Carter drove up, & as he said he must return home friday, I determined to go in with him & take the chances of your detention by the roads. We passed your house before Sunrise. I was not surprized to see it closed at that hour, but was sorry afterwards to find I was a day too late. Uncle Wms had been on to Phila to see Charles & had left Charlotte in Baltimore.

I go to West Point to day. The Court meets on Wednesday. I hope I shall not be detained there long as it is inconvenient for me to be absent at this time.

All unite in much love & I am as ever very, truly, & affy

[R E Lee]


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 21


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