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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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


 

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My dear Mrs. Pegram

I cannot find words to express my deep sympathy in your affliction, my sorrow at your loss. God alone can give you strength to bear the blow he has inflicted, & since it has been death by his hand I know it was sent in mercy. As dear as your husband was to you, as necessary apparently to his country & as important to his friends, I feel assured it was best for him to go at the moment he did. His purity of character, his services to the country & his devotion to his God, prepared him for the peace & rest he now enjoys. We are left to grieve at his departure, cherish his memory & prepare to follow. May God give us his Grace, that through the mediation of his blessed Son, we may be ready to obey his gracious summons.

Truly & affy your friend

R E Lee

Petersburg 11 Feby ’65

Mrs Hetty Pegram

Source: Transcribed from digital copy of original letter, Mss2 L515 a 21, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 October 11

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