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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 18 Feby 1859

My dearest Cousin Anna

Rooney stepped in to night, as you no doubt will Conjecture, but you do not know that he brought with him a second letter from himself, written at N. Wales, in which he states that Uncle Wms had that morg asked him if he had sent in his resignation, & upon his replying on the negative, expressed his pleasure &c & said he had just recd a letter from his Son Charles saying he was ready to Come down & live at Broadneck, & that C. would have a third of his property &c. Rooney only remarked that the wedding day had been fixed & that was his Chief wish. But he infers he has Changed his mind, & wrote to insure my keeping his former letter secret. I have had but little Conversation with him as yet. But write that you may know the present state of affairs, & that you may see the propriety of Rooneys first & second Caution of Secrecy.

We are all glad to hear that your Cold is better & hope you may suffer no further inconvenience from it. I shall try & get in to See you next week.

Rooney Says his wedding day is fixed for the 16 Proxo.

All unite in love

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 July 2

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