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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 10 July ’64


I was much pleased dear Mary on the arrival of my little Courier this morg to hear that you were better & that Custis Morgan was still among the missing. I think the farther he gets from you the better you will be. Tomatoes are ripening now & ought to be had in the Richmond market. Have some of them got & put them in the Sun till ripe. They will make delicious food for you & the acid will be very agreable. I Can get no lemons here. I trust you will soon be well enough to leave the city. I am very thankful that rheumatism is diminishing & I hope by Fall you will be walking all about again. I saw some gentlemen from Fredg to day who say that every one is delighted that Grant is down here & that things in that upper Country are flourishing & people reviving. Grant seems so pleased with his present position that I feel he will never move again. Give much love to the girls & remember me to all friends. The shells have scattered the poor inhabitants in Petersburg so that many of the churches are closed, & indeed they have been visited by the enemy’s shells. Mr Platt, Pastor of the principal E. Church had service at my Hd Qrs to day. We had a respectable audience. Some ladies, many officers & soldiers. The service was under the trees, & the discourse on the subject of salvation. My prayers are always offered up for you.

Truly & affy

R E Lee   


P.S. You must not write while you are so sick. Let one of the girls write for you.




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 534, Section 27, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 24

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