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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



My dear Mary

I have been on our lines on the Wmsburg road since noon, dear Mary & having finished my dinner find it near 10 P.M. with a great deal to do to night. It is therefore impossible for me to see you. Indeed I should have to wake you up to do so. I therefore must deny myself the pleasure & hope we may meet many happy days yet. I know your prayers & well wishes are Constantly with me, & my trust is that a Merciful Providence may hear & answer them. Give much love to Custis & all the girls. I am very glad to learn the former is improving.

God guard & preserve you all.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee

25 June ’62




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51c 363, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 3


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