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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 8 Sept ‘63


My dear daughters


I Could not leave camp last evg in time to see you before you went to the Surprize. I know it would be too much of a surprize to you to meet me there so I had to forego the pleasure of seeing you altogether. How are you this morg? I hope well & bright. Tell me what you wish to do. If you want to go any where I will send up the wagon. I have two horses & bridles but no saddles as yet. Will not blankets do? If you are not Comfortable I can get you a room at Mr Figs I am told which is a nice house, or at some other place I am sure. But I have always a tent for you. You would make our ungainly Camp very bright & cheerful & we would hail your presence as the advent of angels. I send you a letter from Charlotte, which I have answered this morg. Write to her when you have time & cheer up the poor child. Your fond father

R E Lee




Source: Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Section 23, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 10

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