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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Md Sep 13th 1862


My dear daughter

I received your letter forwarded by Capt Baldwin and am very glad to hear that you are well. I have been disabled in both my hands and can’t write to you. They are both improving as well as circumstances admit but you can imagine how I am inconvenienced. You must thank sweet Adah and Carrie and say to them all I should. Tell Carrie I hope she has no secret to tell me for I have heard enough. The Fitzhughs and Robert were well when I last heard of them. I see them very rarely and they are constantly in a scene of strife. Give much love to your mother, your sisters etc. Believe me always your father

R E Lee

P.S. I am very glad to hear that Mrs. Caskie is recovering. Remember me to her, to Mr. C. and Mrs. Norval


Miss Mary C. Lee



Envelope: Miss Mary C. Lee

Care of Mr. James K. Caskie

11th & Clay Streets

Richmond Va 




Source: Checked against original letter, which was dicated by Lee to one of his staffers. The handwriting and signature are not his. Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L5144 a, Section 14, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 30

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