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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond July 13th 1863

My Dear Agnes

                Your gentle hint in one of your little 1 by 2 (inchs) notes which have been showering down upon me lately, shall not pass unregarded & I will “write to my sister sometimes.” But I can tell you no startling news, nothing interesting, for we hear nothing except that which is in the papers which I am going to send you. There is nothing from Gen Lee’s Army, nothing from the Caskie’s, nothing from the Warwicks, nothing from poor Fitzhugh nothing from Gen Joe Johnston. I believe these are the sources from which all news, interesting to the banished portion of the “Lee Family” comes; I forgot there is something from the Conways in the shape of some medicin for my sister Charlotte, but I hope she will throw it all away when it comes & try & get well with out it. I have been sick myself for the last four or five days, which has compelled me to give myself up to Dr. Carter, who has been giving me pills ever since he took me in hand & at last they seem to be taking effect. I started to come up to Hickory Hill Saturday evening, at least I went as far as to order the buggy & horses & pressed on Capt Leigh to accompany me; but I felt so badly when the time came that I was unable to make the attempt, & I think I did very wisely in deciding as I did, for it was currently reported yesterday & believed that the Yankee’s were landing at Brandon, on the James, & there is no telling what thrilling scenes & hair breath escapes might not have been enacted over again at Hickory Hill if your brother had been there during a visit from our Northern friends; That was the reason Ma’s Medicins did not reach her Sunday, for thinking that I was coming up, I thought I would let Major Johns go up to see his wife, for once with his mind untrameled by commissions & his hands free to take care of himself alone; however he will have double duty to perform this evening. Tell sister Mary that Caskie received her note & blank while seated at a game of whist & merely remarked that she ought to have left two blanks instead of one; but that he would attend to it. Is Mildred alive or not I have not heard from her directly or indirectly since I fell back from Hickory Hill. Love to all everybody & believe me your brother

R E Lee





Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 464, Section 23, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 July 27

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