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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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: 2 May ‘64


Your note of Saturday dear Mary with the bag of socks arrived yesterday. I distributed the socks to the Stonewall brigade, which makes 392 sent to those troops. I am much obliged to you for the shirt & Collars. They look very nice. I hope I have enough to answer for the present. I send down the flannel shirts you made for me which I have not required, also my winter boots, to be put in my trunks. I also send the embroidered collar & cuffs sent me by the Misses Semons. Please ask Custis to send up my summer boots, the long pair I sent down last Fall, also my blue pants of summer cloth, without stripes. You must thank Cousin George for the gauntlets & give them to Custis if he wants them, if not, & you will send them up, I will give them to F[itzhugh] or Rob. Tell Custis he must help himself to any gloves, socks or boots he wants out of my stock. I believe there is nothing of value in my trunks that he would fancy. If there is to take them. I should like to have a pair of suspenders in my trunk, new pair. I have a pair of pants on that, require them. F[itzhugh] & Beverly Turner dined with me yesterday. Both well. They came back with me from church. Mr. Wilmer gave us a beautiful sermon. I saw Mrs. Wilmer with him.

I have no time for more. Give a great deal of love to Custis, Rob & the girls & kind regards to all friends.

With a heart full for you & constant prayers for your restoration & preservation.

I remain most truly

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 517, Section 26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 7     

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