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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



University of Va.

My Dear little Sister

            I ought to have written to you long before this & I expect you think it right hard that I have not. But indeed I can hardly find time to write home once a week.

            My dear sister I can fully appreciate your state as regards your soul for I can almost say I am in the same state, I know it is hard to be a Christian I know because I have felt all its joys & troubles.

            When I was first convinced of my sin at school & when I was confirmed I never was happier & could’nt have been. I felt that God, through the blood of his son Jesus, hard for given me all my sins & that He was watching over me all the time & I felt as if I could allmost [sic] see him, every little trouble of soul or body I laid before him & it was chased away. But now, alas! how different from little by little my heart beame [sic] colder more neglectful of my duties toward God & man, and now I feel like I bereft of hope, but God has said that those that trusted in him in should be saved and I beleive [sic] him. It is impossible that he should lie & we must beleive [sic] & pray & persevere & God according to his promises will rewards us. O Milly be not discouraged keep on never mind the dissapointments Satan is strong but the blood of Jesus freely shed for you is a sure charm against his evil plans. Trust in him, Pray to him, go by yourself where no Eye but God’s can behold you humble yourself before him & make your request known to him pleading in the name of him pleading in the name of Jesus, keep praying earnestly unceasingly importune Him & he will grant our prayers can we doubt it He has said so.

            Beleive [sic] pray & be saved Dear little milly I write to you this litle [sic] note followed out & God will heare your petition I would go & ask the advise [sic] of your minister I can write no more now I'll write soon & tell you how I am fixed and about this place.                

God bless you




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 333, Section 16, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Nicholas Tarchis, 2017 June 20

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