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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Petersburg 4 July ‘64


My dear Genl

I recd today your letter of the 29 Ulto: & hasten to express my thanks for the care of the relics you so kindly undertook to guard. I must also express my gratitude to Mrs. S. & the trusty friend who acted in the matter. Unless inconvenient to you, I would prefer their remaining where they are than to bring them to Richmond.

I have grieved over the destruction of the Mil: Institute. But the good it has done to the country cannot be destroyed, nor can its name or fame perish. It will rise stronger than before, & continue to diffuse its benefits to a grateful people. Under your wise administration there will be no suspension of its usefulness. The difficulties by which it is surrounded will call forth greater energies from its officers & increased diligence from its pupils. Its prosperity I Consider certain.

With great regard, very truly yours

R E Lee




Source: Sarah Henderson Smith Papers, Mss1 Sm 653 a, p. 54, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 August 1

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