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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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


 

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Richmond 24 June ‘61

 

I must take a few moments dearest Mary to write to you this morg, though I have nothing to say, but to express the fervent hope that you are well & all with you. I heard the other day that daughter was at Manassas, for some good object I trust. In times like these, the advancement of some praiseworthy object should be our only aim. The practice of self denial & self sacrifice even was never more urgently demanded.

I have not heard from you since I wrote last but cannot expect regularity in the mails, nor must you be surprized at not recg intelligence from me.

Mildred I hope is with you, & your future arrangements is the source of much anxiety to me. No one Can say what is in the future, nor is it wise to anticipate evil. But it is well to prepare for what may reasonably happen & be provided for the worst; There is no saying when you can return to your home or what may be its condition when you do return. What then Can you do in the mean time? To remain with friends may be inconvenient & where can you go? Agnes came up from the W. H. saturday 22nd & is staying with Mrs Corbin Warwick. Every one here is very kind & she has many invitations. Charlotte & Annie will be up tomorrow on their way to Hickory hill where they expect to stay some weeks. What they will then do I know not. In the main Agnes thinks she had better remain here so as to lighten the party at Hickory Hill. Charlotte thinks she cannot get along at all without Annie at least & she may like both of the girls. I will see her I hope as she passes through Richd & will try & have something decided on. These three might keep together & you M. & M for the summer. How Can I send you some money, of which I fear you will be in want. Is any thing due Mrs. P. for M? My movements are very uncertain, & I wish to take the field as soon as certain arrangements Can be made. I may go at any moment, & to any point where it may be necessary. I shall feel very anxious about you & the girls, but for my firm reliance upon our Heavenly father would be miserable. I wrote you about Robert & sent you his letter which I hope has reached you. Custis I think is better, though frequently has to resort to medicine.     

He is engaged on the works around this city. Many of our old friends are dropping in. E. P. Alexander is here, Jimmy Hill, Alston, Jenifer, &c &c, & I hear that my old Colonel A. S. Johnston, is crossing the Plains from California. Smith & Nannie are still here, with Chudie, John, Henry & Robt C. Smith will go to Norfolk soon. Chudie not well yet. John will go to the Army, & Henry desires to enter some volunteer Compy. Carter was here Saturday. He wished Nannie & Agnes to return with him yesterday. But the former was unable & A. having just arrived thought she had better stay a few days. Your brother Carter seems to have become quite excited. I hope it is only due to the times. But the present occasion ought to tend to calm & determine mens conduct. Tell Life I recd her letter & will try & mend my wardrobe. Give much love to all

As ever

RE Lee

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Mss1 L51 c 300, Lee Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 April 3

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