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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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


 

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Wednesday Morning 23d [October 1862]1

 

I have this moment returned my dear Mary from paying the last sad duties at your sister’s grave. She is placed in a lovely secluded spot which the foot of the enemy can never desecrate & tho’ among strangers their sympathy & kindness will forever endear them to me. Chapman Leigh came down thinking I wanted to take the remains to Richmond but I decided to place them here until I could remove them to my own dear home. my darling Annie I never had expected to weave a funeral wreath for her. All the neighbors sent beautiful flowers & the coffin was covered with them. I have not time now to tell you all I would say but merely write to say I hope that the telegraph did not reach you before you got to Cedar Grove where the sympathy of our dear friends will be most grateful to you & where you would have too a better opportunity of getting your things. The kind ladies here have made us 2 mourning bonnets & we have got some veils. We shall probably be in Richmond on Saturday tho’ not certainly.

If you are there I shall see you. If not please write to me as soon as possible. I write you a long letter to H. Hill which I suppose you have not received yet. I am so uncertain where you are that I cannot write more as the man is waiting to take my letter.

Love to all

Your affectionate & sorrowing Mother

 

 

[written upside down at the end of the letter]

I told her to have it stretched up for trimming but if cousin Julia has not gone & will get a piece of binding of some kind it would be better as the cloth is so very thick, we cut it into a long sack so she can judge how much will be needed for 2 as Agnes will alter hers also. I have one & will try & get my large shawl from Ravensworth tho’ I would like to have something to make a thin one, one of those bound with ribbon would answer for mild weather. Mildred will not require so fine a dress as ours. I would like an English crape veil as the one got in Warrenton is so indifferent, buttons for the cloaks about 8 for each, large ones, cousin Julia had better see Eleanor Rogers as I asked her to be our banker during the war & I heard he has sent many things here but I cannot find out where they are. I will write to Margaret in a few days  

 

 

 

Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 395, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March

 

1. The 23rd of October 1862 was in fact a Thursday. But from the context of the letter, it must have been written several days after the death of Annie. Mrs. Lee most likely simply got the date wrong.

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