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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Dabbs Farm


9 June [sic]1 ’62


I have returned to my old quarters dear Mary & am filled with gratitude to our heavenly father for all the mercies he has extended to us. Our success has not been as great or complete as I could have desired, but God knows what is best for us. Our enemy has met with a heavy loss from which he must take some time to recover & then recommence his operations.

I hope you are all well & that Custis is recovering. I send in some clothes, please have them washed for me.

I also want my trunk, left in Custis’s room, to see if I have not some thinner clothes. I have also a pair of spectacles in it which I wish to get. Having lost my other pair. I shall come in when I can but I have much to do & do not know when that will be.

In the mean time I am with much love to all always & as ever


R E Lee




1. Lee still thought it was June, but his letter is clearly talking about the conclusion of the Seven Days fighting, which ended on July 1 at Malvern Hill.




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 356, Section 18, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 7

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