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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Orange Co: 19 Mar '64


My beautiful Carrie1

The pleasure I derived from your note of the 10th was disturbed by the knowledge of the labour you have bestowed upon my coat. How did you get it, I thought Custis had hid it away? It is too soon yet for you to undertake such work. You will have plenty of opportunity to shew your skill upon Rob's garments I hope. He is now however nearly hopeless. He says although your kind mother made him 500 cakes, it produced not the least effect upon you. What more he can offer he is at a loss to conceive. I sincerely thank you for your remembrance of me & your kind consideration for my comfort. I shall enjoy my coat very much, & value it more highly than ever. I was very glad to see your sweet sister Margaret in Richmond. She was of course attended by the signal Corps. As soon as Genl Edward Johnson drives back Meades army I am going to let him go to Cleydael. Not before. You can ill afford to call others "hard hearted." "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye."2 Give much love to your father mother Miss Ada & little Julian & believe me always truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Call Number 29373, Virginia State Library, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 September 22


1. Caroline Calvert Stuart Holliday (1844-1872) was the sister of Jeb Stuart. She was married to Frederick William Mackey Holliday (1828-1899). She is buried in Winchester, Virginia.

2. Matthew 7:5.

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