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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Bremo Sept 1st 1864

I received a letter from Genl Lee yesterday, my dear Miss Tinsley, in which he enclosed yours containing your kind invitation to us all to pass the winter with you. I cannot tell you how highly we appreciate your disinterested kindness, & at some future time if it pleases the Almighty to relieve my sufferings I may be able to visit you but I am so perfectly helpless now that travelling is a great burden & pains to me & my physician thinks it important & should be under his care and we shall spend the winter in Richmond where I can see him every day & where I hope to have the pleasure of making the acquaintance of your family. You will find us on Franklin street between 7th & 8th.

I should not have been able to come here except that the whole journey was by canal. My daughters unite with me in remembrances to you & your father & many thanks for your hospitable invitation.

Yours most truly



Letter of Mrs Lee to

Miss Mary Tinsley,

now Mrs. E. T. Kindred of Roanoke Va



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g 116-122, Section 13, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 18

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