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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




March 30th [1864]


My dear sir

I write to beg the favour of you to allow my two young friends Peyton Skipwith & John Cocke of Bremo if still with you to visit us sometimes on Sunday leaving the only day when we dine sufficiently early for them to return in time to the Institute, I will take care that they attend church & shall be most happy if you will grant them permission to visit us.

I will also take this occasion to thank you for your care of our silver & papers & to enquire if you think they can remain perfectly safe where they are until the close of the war, as I should like to preserve the only relicks left us of our happy home. It would give me great pleasure if you could call & see me when you come to town

Yrs most truly & respectfully

M C Lee




Source: Sarah Henderson Smith Papers, Mss1 Sm 653 a, p. 55, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 March 21

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