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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Richmond 2 May ‘65


I have just recd dearest Markie your letter of the 26th Ulto: Your constant kindness & sympathy in every change & circumstance of life is very cheering & Comforting. I know you Sorrow for us, but you must not be too much distressed. We must be resigned to necessity, & Commit ourselves in adversity to the will of a merciful God as cheerfully as in prosperity. All is done for our good & our faith must continue unshaken. I am glad to be able to communicate with you again & delighted to hear that you are all well. I must leave to your cousins the narration of domestic affairs & the accounts of individual members of the family. I am thankful that we are all well & have such abundant cause for gratitude to the Giver of all good. I hope next week to get your Cousin M. & the girls somewhere in the country & to enjoy with them a little quiet. I wish we could have you with us for I trust in time to be able to procure an humble home somewhere. Remember me particularly to every member of your family – Cousins W. J. B. &c &c &c –

May God bless & prosper you all, & give you every happiness here & hereafter is the earnest prayer

of your affectionate


R E Lee




Source: Scan of original letter, Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, 1844-1870, Huntington Library, San Marino, California              

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 2

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