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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp Fredg 7 April 1863


My dear Orton


I have recd your letter of the 28th Ulto enclosing a draft for $100. If I recollect the circumstances right, I desired at the time to make you some useful present, & as Markie had taken your preparations in hand, I thought she Could make a better selection than myself. I was very sorry not to have seen you when you were in Virga at Xmas. I am very much gratified however to hear Such good accounts of you & to find that by your own merit you stand so high. I wish you could bring on a good regt: of Cavy to our assistance. Our Cavy is much reduced from hard work, & you might have an opportunity of Seeing some of your friends in Md: Your Cousin Mary has been a great sufferer this spring. She writes she is a little better now. Agnes too has had attacks of her neuralgia, but I believe Continues to move about generally. She has been on a visit to shirley & is now I believe at the Braxtons. Mary is at Dr Stuarts in King George.1 Agnes has recd lately I understand a letter from Markie via Nassau, dated Nov last. She was well & at Tudor. I have heard of her more recently. I have written to her Several times, but presume my letters have not reached her. My last letter was written when I was in the Valley, & I thought went by a sure hand. When you write you must remember me very Kindly to her. Tell her I think of her very often & wish much to See her. Custis, F[itzhugh] &c are all well. None of them are near me now. My hands are much better though not well yet. I have sent the enclosed letter you enclosed to Col D. H. Hamilton2 to his Camp. I hope it will reach him safely. God bless you my dear Orton

& believe me always affy


R E Lee


Col. Lawrence W. Orton




1. Dr. Richard Henry Stuart (1808-1889), who was married to Julia Calvert Stuart (1814-1888). Dr. Stuart is buried in King George County, Virginia.

2. Daniel Heyward Hamilton (1816-1868), commander of the 1st South Carolina infantry regiment.



Source: Transcribed from original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L 5144 a, Section 14, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 31

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