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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 21 March ’63


I send you Mrs. Lee a likeness of your husband that has come from beyond the big water. He is a hard favoured man & has a very rickety position on his pins. I hope his beard will please you, for the artist seems to have laid himself out on that. We are poor judges of ourselves & I cannot therefore pronounce as to his success. But I can say that in his portrait of Genl Jackson he has failed to give his fine candid & frank expression, so charming to see & so attractive to the beholder. Tell Miss Norvell I did not recognize the likeness she sent me by Capt Taylor. She must send me her own. Mrs. Chilton1 proposed to return to day, but may be detained by the storm. The weather is extremely harsh & unfavourable for outsiders. Genl Hooker seems to have postponed his movements till the next fair day. Give much love to Agnes & kind regards to all with you.

Truly & affy yours

R E Lee



1. Laura Ann Thomson Mason Chilton (1829-1911), the wife of Robert H. Chilton (1815-1879), who served on Lee’s staff.




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Mss1 L 51 c 439, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 April 13   

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