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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Fredg 2 Decr ’62


My dear Mary


I have recd your letter commenced at Ingle side & finished on the 26th at Richmond. I am glad you have had an opportunity of revisiting New Kent, though the sight of the White House must have brought sad thoughts. It will all come right in the end though we may not live to see it. It requires great calamity to will us from our selfishness. That is St Spangler who remembers me so familiarly. He was orderly segt: of Genl Evans Compy 2nd Cavy & was a good soldier. Our Cousin Parke you know has warm affections & strong feelings. She has also the power of expressing them. I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness & that our only trust is in God. I will send your letter to F: He has a high opinion of Mr Jeter which I hope he deserves, for he does not seem willing to part with him, or perhaps can get no one else in his place. I have but little to say, & will eke out my letter & give to it some interest by enclosing a note recd from dear Cousin Anne W, which you must keep for me. I also send one from Miss Grace Totten that was. You see she carries things with a high hand still, & is not much southern in her feelings I should think. She gives poor reasons for rejoicing at our victories. I am very well & my hands slowly improving.  I am enjoying my new drawers. They are very nice & comfortable & well made. I have recd a letter from May, who is now, cut off from us. Give much love to Chass & the baby. Also to Agnes. With kind remembrances to Mr & Mrs C[askie]. Miss N[orvell]. I remain

Always Affy yours

R E Lee


Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 411, Section 20, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 June 6

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