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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Near Petersburg          17 Decr ‘64


My dear Mary

I recd day before yesterday the box with the hat, gloves & socks & also the Bhl of apples. You had better have kept the latter, as it would have been more useful to you than to me, & I should have enjoyed its Consumption by yourself & the girls, more than by me. The gloves brought by Mrs. Grinnell are very nice. You must thank her for them & express my sympathy for her loss & present distress. I hope however her husband is in a fair way to recover. I Can do very well without the boots. You must also thank Mrs. Lyons for the furs, & beg the kind people to send me nothing more. I fear the furs will be more needed by Mr. Lyons than by me & that he may consequently suffer. Send them down when Convenient. The reason you were troubled by visits of the Courier about the box, in your first note, the 12th, apprising me of having sent it, you did not state it was through Major Wood. I was out when the courier brought me the note & asking for the box, no one could give any explanation. We are a dull people in the army, & it is requisite you should be very explicit. You had bitter [sic] send the socks to Major Ferguson, to be forwd as the bundle appears to be large. I am some distance from the R. R. depot now, & our little couriers have as much as they can carry ordinarily.

Robt can select any of my hats he prefers. I have offered them repeatedly, but he declines. Custis has the same privilege, also Fitzhugh. When last here Robt had a nice black hat with cord, &c., new. He said he wanted no other.

Give much love to every body.

Very truly & affy

R E Lee




Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 558, Section 28, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 28  


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