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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Camp 23 Apl ‘64

I recd this morg dear Mary by one of our scouts from north of the Rappk a package addressed to me, Containing articles for you. Later in the day I recd a letter from Mrs. Peyton which I enclose & which explains the matter. You will be interested in the part relating to dear Anne. It is a great Comfort to me to know that she is relieved from the pain, anxiety, & suffering of this world. I trust she is in the abode of the blessed who die in the Lord, where I pray we may all be united. Our life in this world is of no value except  to prepare us for a better. That should be our Constant aim & the end of all our efforts. I hope dear Mary this warm weather is mitigating your pains & relaxing the hold of your disease. I am much rejoiced at the report of your Dr. Did he have recourse to the Homeopathic application to his finger, for the bite of Custis Morgan, & insist on another Grip. I should have recommended squirrel soup for your disease immediately. I fear he will give some of the family a terrible bite before he is despatched. It is their nature, & they become more vicious with age. I recommend he be confined to his cage or be dismissed. I suppose next week we shall be occupied in the field. I do not know when I shall be able to write to you again. I advise you to get into some quiet place for the summer as soon as you can. Halifax, Charlotte, Liberty, or any place where you can find security & food. Richmond is not the place for you. Give much love to all my children. May God guard direct & bless you all here & hereafter, is my Constant & earnest prayer.

Truly & affly yours

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 514, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Gibson, 2017 June 27

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