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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



21st [Nov 1862]


My dear Mildred,

I promised to write a to you to-night & so I will though I am very tired & so weary. Mama has decided that Annie is to be left here. It is a great distress to me for I had hoped to have her somewhere nearer where it would be such a pleasure to visit & beautify her grave. It is to be in Mr Jones’ cematery more than a mile from here. It is a very neglected looking place now but retired & we are going to have a little fence put around her grave. It is to be to-morrow at eleven o’clock. I wish you could have been here very much. Mr Leigh came to to-night. I suppose we will be here now for a few days. But I wished to write particularly about your mourning & I think you would like me to tell you about it. I have to send you my cassock, your jackets & your bag. I am going to send you Annie’s bible, I think you will value it, & I send a barege vail Annie Leigh made & gave. I suppose you cannot get a crape one, & that is all sufficient. I am going to have Annie’s & my poplin dresses dyed & will send you one as soon as they are done. Have your bk. straw trimmed with barege or crape, Jennie Ritchie is making me a barege one. The cassock will do for a fall wrapping & I will have Annies cloth one made for you for the winter. Get one stiff dress if possible & that, the dyed one (which will make a very pretty dress) & your homespun will be enough I should think, it is all I will have. I will send every thing as soon as possible.




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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 20

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