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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Jones’ 20th Oct [1862]

Words can not tell my darling Mildred how sorry I feel for you way off among strangers. I hope you have received Miss. Jennie Ritchie’s letter telling you how ill Annie was. Since then, this morning about seven o’clock she breathed her last. very quietly & peacefully. O Mildred I can not realize it, it is too strange, too unnatural. I never had an idea of it, never felt she was even seriously ill until yesterday morning nor until last night that she was to die. I wish you could have been with us so much, it would have been a comfort to be together had we known sooner we might have sent for you but now as it is all over as there is nothing to be done. Mamma seems to think you had best stay at school as we have no where to go & do not know what to do. Custis is telegraphed to & We hope will be here to-morrow evening. I feel so sorry for you & wish so much you could be with me. We will have to be more & more to each other now that Annie is taken away from me. Mrs. Seldon is going to write to a very kind Mrs. Mason to ask her to take you to her house for a few days if it would be pleasenter to you you had better go. She was with Mrs. S when her little Lucy died. You must get Mrs. Snead to get you your mourning. One stiff dress, if you can possibly get it would be quite sufficient until we can see about it. A wrapping & bonnet you won’t have much use for at first. Your black bonnet trimmed with bar`ege would be very suitable & about a winter cloak I will attend to it for you just as soon as possible. Now do not worry about your dress it is not necessary to have it immediately, particularly these times when it is so hard to get things. I will write to you very often & hope to see you soon. You had better perhaps go to Mrs. Mason’s for a few days they will be very kind & may do you good. Annie was unconscious all night. I lay by her bedside all night & I think knew always when I gave her medicines. I will tell you more about her another time & what our plans are have no idea but will write as soon as Custis comes Mamma wishes her buried here, but I hope she will be carried to Richmond. God bless you dear Mildred write soon to your attached sister



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 393, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 July 13

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