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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 29th [August] Va Mrs Mosbys


My dear girls I came here on Saturday to see something about our lodgings & find that we can not get them or even a room anywhere until Congress rises & that may possibly not be until Tuesday next or it may be the last of this week unless you are willing to go & stay with Sally Warwick till your rooms are ready. I cannot find a room even for a few days for you any where & I have tried my best I went this morning to Miss Yerbys where I supposed your sister had made all her arrangements & found that if Charlotte & I each had a room a piece which I had ordered & one for you girls. He would charge us each 90 dols per month exclusive of fine I thought it was best considering the times to take only two rooms & have a lounge placed for me in yours at least for the present. many said she must have a single room to herself when she did come to town which would not be before the 1st Novr she is now at Hickory Hill. I have written to you all until I am tired & can get no answer & very much fear you will not get this letter in time if you had decided to start on the 1st but I will write it & enclose you a note I got from Charlotte which will tell you how much better cousin Hill is. I think in all human probability you can get in the room by Wednesday the 8th October. Do write if you get this & tell me what Mildred has decided on & if you have got any of my letters about her for I am all in the dark about her plans. I sent your Pa’s last letter to Charlotte & Mary. It contained very little & they did not return it. He was well except his hands which annoy him a good deal. I hear our army is much lessened by the straggling which is shameful. I so long to see you all & am sorry you cannot come now.

Much love to sweet Annie. I did not see John Wickham. He was not in town on Sunday Why in the world did you not write by him [?]

I must stop as I cannot write any more. I will try if I can find any better rooms but all the Boarding Houses are trying how high they can charge & Miss Yerby said she thought she could get a room for your sister in one of the adjoining houses.

Your affectionate mother

MC Lee      




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 386, Section 19, Virginia Historical Society    

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 22

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