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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond 22 March ’62

            I have recd dear Mary your letter by Rob & had hoped to be with you tomorrow. The President who is at Fredericksburg has telegraphed me to go to N.C. & I go in the morg. I shall not therefore be able to go to the W.H. which I very much regret. When I shall be back I Cannot say, & therefore Cannot urge you to Come up. I had requested Annie & Agnes to look out for rooms for you as I have not had time. Tell Charlotte & Mildred I am so sorry not to see them. I think they had better Come up with you. Our enemies are pressing us every where & our Army is in the fermentation of reorganization. I pray that the great God may aid us & am endevouring by every means in my power to bring out the troops & hasten them to their destination. This call away will retard the operations. I send a note from Cousin Anna & Mrs Stiles. The shirts she speaks of have arrived & look very nice. I have not tried them but three new shirts are as many as a man requires these war times. Those I have sent down I am in no hurry for & you can take your time. I would only use those bodies for reequipment that promise good service. Otherwise they will soon be all collars & ristbands. You will see that the present collars & ristbands are of different size. The smallest of each are too small. Take the large size. The collars are too high especially the bands. Some of them you may recollect you altered at A. I will tell Annie to cut a pattern of some I have here. Or you can guess at it. Do not let the points of the collars project so much. I have no time for more. Our dear Rob went of this morg in good spirits with two of his Comrades. He got all his things & said he had all he wanted. I think he ought to have another pair of pants.

            Love to Charlotte, Mildred, & little Rob. Mary is better & walking out. The others well.

                                    Very truly

                                                            R E Lee

P.S. Billy has come down from Kinloch is well




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 348, Section 17, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond


Transcribed y Colin Woodward, 2017 June 19

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