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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Hd Qrs Cav. Camp

25th Sept 64


Your last letter was dear mother, was duly received. I am glad to hear that your general health is so good & still hope & pray for your ultimate relief from your grievous complaint. You have truly suffered. I am afraid Dr. Hughes is not what he represents himself to be. Still if his medicine do you no harm, he is better than the other ‘seer.’

I am sorry that you seem to be dissatisfied with uncles disposition of his property. I do not think he could have done otherwise. I certainly did not wish him to do differently. I would not at this time be bothered with negroes for any consideration.  

I have no desire for more of this world’s goods than I already have. If she could have lived it would have been different. My only wish is for the welfare of yourself my family & country.

I deeply feel your exhortations to “lay up treasures in heaven” would be to God I could feel a certainty that I would join her there!

I saw Papa a few days ago. He was quite well but still in his tent. If he continues to live in a tent, he will certainly injure his health & perhaps endanger his life, which is so essential to our safety.

Rob is looking very well & has entirely recovered from his wound. He has trimmed out his beard & looks quite [large portion of letter missing] give much family news. [illegible] was [illegible] in August

I see that the cars are now arriving to Fredericksburg, which will be a great improvement [rest of letter missing]    





Source: Checked against original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 546, Section 27, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 November 3


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