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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Petersburg 16 Nov ‘64


My dear Mary

After writing last night the accompg note, yours of the 15th arrived. I am very sorry to hear of the death of little Abe, for I know the sorrow it will give the Warwicks, & especially to sweet little Sallie. You must give them my sincere sympathy. Surely in this instance the dead are the happier! Please thank Miss Eliza Woodward for me & give her my grateful thanks for her remembrance of me. You must keep the Comfort. You may recollect they were the friends of Mrs Hackly & Talcott & formerly lived in Norfolk with them I believe. They were residing in Fredg at the time of Genl Burnsides attack on that place, & I think remained there till forced away by circumstances. I am glad to hear of Miss Carrie Mason again. I feared the Philistines had her. It is a little singular however that She & Col Jenifer1 should visit Richmond always at the same time. I fear it is ominous. Has she any superstition on the subject? Tell her to put away her idols. This is no time for manship. She must devote herself to her Country. If she wants to do a good thing, let her Come & see me. I hope she is as fair as ever & carries weight equal to Miss Jennie Fairfax. I am glad to hear that Custis is better. I have not heard from him since I left Chaffins. I was down with the Cavy Monday. Heard of Fitzhugh but did not see him. It gives me a ride of over 30 miles when I visit that part of the line, & I Cannot go out of my way. My horse is dreadully rough & I am very stiff & heavy. I do not require my flannels yet. I am wearing the jackets, Miss Kitty Stiles knit for me, which are very pleasant, & the cotton drawers you sent me. They are abundantly warm yet awhile. You Can send me the other pair & the check shirts, when Convenient. Give much love to every body & believe me always yours

R E Lee 




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 552, Section 28, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 8  



1. Walter Hanson Jenifer (1823-1878), born in Maryland. He served in Maryland and Virginia cavalry units in the Confederacy and later served as a cavalry inspector in Richmond and Mobile. After the war, he lived in Baltimore and Egypt. He died in Richmond and is buried in Shockoe Cemetery.

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