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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



[1863 December 30]


I recd last night dear Mary your letter of the 13th accompg the bag of socks. The QrMr says he has not heard from Major Coxe & I am at a loss to know from your note, whether they are to be paid for by the men, or distributed gratuitously as heretofore. A receipt Can be given by him for 8 lbs: of wool on [acc?] of the C. S. but if they are to be purchased by the men the price should be fixed. Until this determined, the socks cannot be distributed. It has been snowing pretty much all day, & they would be very agreable to those men without any. I have sent a man over to Mrs Peyton to endeavour to secure those she has. I hope he will get back safely. I send my check for $1000.00 to your order which one of the girls can draw from the bank. You need not apologize for applying for money, for all that I have is yours & at your command. I wish on your account it was more. When it is gone I do not know what you & the girls will do or where you will go. You must not forget to pay your Dr. The change you mention is very cheering & I hope you do not suffer as much pain as formerly. That of itself will be a great relief. I did not hear until a few days ago that our Cousin Charles Randolph1 was dead. It seems the enemy imprisoned him in the old Capitol at Washn where he was taken sick or rather became more sick for he was sick when captured, and seeing perhaps that he was failing fast they released him. He made his way to E. View & thence walked to Kinlock where he died. Cousin Eliza’s health I am told is very good, but her memory entirely gone, so much so that she asks Edwd. which of her sons he is many times a day. I regret also to hear that Uncle Wms strength is failing fast. I do not know what can be done for poor Fitzhugh’s affairs. If Charlotte left no will,2 I think her property reverts to the Wickhams. Genl Stuart goes down tomorrow to make some arrangement for Mrs Stuarts habitation.3 I suppose you will see him & he can give you all the news. I heard that little Agnes came up as far as Mr Wickhams saturday. I suppose she wishes to get near her Papa. Give love to the rest. Truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 560, Section 28, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 2



1. Charles Carter Randolph (1788-1863) was the son of Robert Randolph (b. 1760) and Elizabeth Hill Carter Randolph (b. 1762). He served as an officer in the War of 1812, and during the Civil War his plantation, “Kinloch” in Fauquier County, Virginia, suffered serious destruction. He was imprisoned for a time in Washington, and after being released he died on 1863 December 20 at Kinloch.

2. She died on 1863 December 26.

3. Stuart traveled to Richmond on the last day of 1863. See Emory Thomas’s book Bold Dragoon, p. 277.

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