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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Hot Springs October 1st

My dear child

I feel so anxious on your subject that if I had not promised Charlotte to go & stay with her till the girls returned I would go up to Kinlock to get you ready for school there is but little I could do there except to mend up your clothes & your sister & Sallie can help you about that. If you wish to return to Mrs Powells I am perfectly willing you should do so & pleased, but if you have decided upon that mail a letter & send what I have written on Friday morning early so as to lose no time. cousin Harriet if she is at the Plains can perhaps tell you if it is safe in Winchester from the enemy & if the health of the town is restored & in that case if you wish to go, get ready at once. Let Sallie wash & fix your clothes on Friday & you must write me a list of what you need, the size of your gloves &c & I will try & get them for you in Richmond & send them up or bring them when I come & I can then go up there to see you if necessary. If you need drawers I can get some cotton & make you some I suppose Agnes’ would fit you. If on the contrary you find it is best not to return to Mrs Powells you had better get ready & meet me at Gordonsville I think I shall stop a few days in Charlottesville & you can write me what day you can write me what day you can come & I will certainly meet you at Gordonsville you can get Mr John to put you on the cars at Manassas & you will have no trouble till you get to Gordonsville Pack up all your things in the old box & have it mailed up & I will get you a trunk as soon as practicable. In these times we must be satisfied to do the best we can under the circumstances. If you come down to me you had better bring every thing except what will only do for rags but if you go to Winchester your very thin dresses may be left behind. your sister will tell you all the news. Write to me as soon as you decide & direct to the care of Revd. Richard Meade Charlottesville Va. I do not care to remain there more than a few days. So you must make up your mind very soon the mails are very direct to Charlottesville & I ought to get your letter at once I send your sister Charlotte’s letter that you may see what she says about schools but that one seems to me out of the way & you would be near none of your friends unless we should be in Richmond this winter. The future is so uncertain God only knows when we shall be to His Almighty care. I entrust you & pray that you may be guided aright. Do not fret & raise objections to what cannot be done but do the best you can. Much love to all, your affectionate mother.

I enclose you 1.25 to pay little debts anything you want such as soap, or what Mr Jennings may have ask him to charge to me as well as letters it is so troublesome to get change goodnight. Rob will write soon of course you will not send my letters to Mrs Powell unless you decide to go there.




Source: Photocopy of original letter, DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 31             

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