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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 6 Sept: 1858

My dear Cousin Anna

I send the wagon for the children. Although I shall be very happy of their Company, I fear their return will not be for their benefit. I Cannot tell you how relieved I have been by their being with you. I hope they have given you not much trouble & that you have not been over anxious about them. I recd a letter from Mary since I saw you. I hope she has improved somewhat & Chas: Turner who was there some days on his way from the White Sulphur, & was over here last evg, says she is looking very well. I expect Uncle Wms is at the Hot by this time, & I hope she will be contented to remain. I have written to her she must stay six weeks unless previously restored & that I will go up to her any time after the 15th she may desire.

I hope Mrs Kerr has recovered of her cold, & that you are all well. Tell Smith I expect him down.

It is said “a proud spirit goeth before a fall”, so he must take his down a little lest he gets a tumble.

Remember me kindly to all & believe

very truly & affy yours

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 27

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