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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 15 Jany ‘64


My dear Mary

I take advantage of Col Woods return to Richmond this morg to acknowledge your letter of the 9th. The socks arrived safely & have been distributed. Sis Nannis eight pairs to the Marylanders & yours to the most needy. I hope others are being recd though I hear of great want in the Army. I am glad you are comfortably arranged in your big house. I have feared that you would suffer in many respects & would have preferred that you were more retired. In my own case I would rather be in a hut with my own family than a palace with others. The gentlemen too I suspect feel the encouragement & it will end in their going to Church Hill or some other eminence. I hope that your new Dr may if he cannot relieve at least assuage your affliction. What is his name & reputation? I pray that God may bless his labours. As regards myself I am pretty well & comfortable enough in my tent. I should be more so I know in a house, but I have none to go to. The people are very kind in giving me invitations to take a room in their house, but they do not know what they ask. I of course cannot go alone or be alone, as a crowd is always around me.

You must thank that kind lady for the socks she sent me. An accident befell a pair I have been wearing & I want one to replace them. Custis can either send me a pair from my trunk which I had in use last winter or you can send me the one you have. I gave away three pairs of the new ones I had here.

I recd a kind letter from Mrs Jones the other day sending me a field glass. The glass was lost aboard the “Ceres” Coming into Wilmington with Mr Wards baggage. Mrs Jones was Miss Mary Savage of Savannah & one of the Belles of that city in my younger days. But I will enclose her letter.

Give much love to all & believe me very truly & affy yours

R E Lee


P.S. Custis Can send the socks by Major Taylor or Col Baldwin





Source: Photocopy of original letter, DeButts-Ely Collection of Lee Family Papers, Library of Congress

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 September 10


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