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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 27 Nov ‘63


My dear Mary

I send down my summer drawers. Please mend them at your leisure & retain them till you Can get them at my trunk. I put on the flannel you sent me today also my yarn socks they feel very Comfortable. I send down a pair of my thick Cotton socks which require darning. The others I have Kept. I also send the piece of linen which enveloped my fur robe. I have written to you so recently that I have nothing to say except that Genl Meade’s whole army is in motion against us, buoyed by the news from the West & their own numbers. May God help & be with us. Then we shall be victorious. Join me in imploring his mercy, forgiveness & aid. Love to all

Truly & affy yours

R E Lee


Source: Transcribed from original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L5144 a, Section 14, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 February 11

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