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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



My dear Mary


I am again disappointed in not being able to get to see. Business is coming in Constantly & Couriers & despatches from all parts of the Army. I was kept up nearly all last night & feel very tired. I think though if you were not at a public house I Could get up courage to go in, but I must now wait for another opportunity. I recd your note this afternoon & am glad to find you got up Comfortably. You must have had a terrible day for travelling. I am sorry for the desertion of your Coachman. All of them will do so. He was very useful to me in the field & I shall miss him in that Capacity. I return one of the letter you sent me. The other I fear is mislaid. I recd it with many others & not knowing the name of the writer laid down at the table & fear it has been Swept away with the mass. I am glad to hear Custis is mending. Tell him to avoid experiments in eating. I hope you are well. You can not get to me & I must try & get to you. I think you had all try & find some place to go to & endeavour to make yourselves Comfortable. Give much love to Annie & Agnes. I left with Mr Caskie $1000 for you. Love to all

Very truly & affy

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 424, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Nicholas Tarchis, 2017 June 1

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