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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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         30 Decr ‘64


My dear Mary

I have recd your note of Monday, & am glad to hear that you were all well. The Lyons’ furs & the fur robe have also arrived Safely, but I Can learn nothing of the saddle of mutton. Bryan of whom I inquired as to its arrival is greatly alarmed lest it has been sent to the Soldiers dinner. If the soldiers get it I shall be content. We can do very well without it. In fact I would rather they should have it, than I. My little Couriers say they have seen or heard nothing of it at Major Woods. If it was sent there it could not have been properly directed, or they think they would certainly have seen it. I shall be glad if Major Wood misunderstood the directions & supposed it was your contribution for the soldiers dinner. I shall be equally grateful to Mr. Mason for his fine saddle. I enclose Mrs. Wells note which I find on my table that you may see who sent you the ginger. You had better send me the socks presented by Mrs. Harwood of Gloucester. If they do not suit me, they will some officers near me. I am sorry I could not see Becky but I had not time to call. The collar you sent me of Custis’ fits very well, but I prefer the other kind you made me, if I could only get them to fit the shirt. I am glad you were able to have some of your friends with you Xmas. I am unable to have any enjoyment of that kind now. I was very grateful to be able to attend church on that day & offer my feeble praise to our merciful father for the precious gift of his Holy Son. I brought with me from church Col: Talcott to dinner. My young family had gone to more pleasant feasts. We however had a nice turkey & potatoes. Tell Daughter the boots arrived safely today. I have had the pleasure of Mr. Eaches’ Compy this morg. Do advise all artists to amuse themselves with the Photographs & give wide range to their fancy.

Love to all.

very truly & affy

R E Lee  




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 559, Section 28, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 19   

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