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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Turnbulls 26 Jany ‘65


My dear daughter

I have recd to night your letter of to day. I am satisfied with the coat as it is. It is all right. I do not wish braid on the pants. Plain dress is the most suitable for the Confederacy. When the suit is done let it be sent up to the house & let me Know the Cost. I Send up $200. to reimburse Capt Leigh. I am glad it is made plain. The buttons I desire as they are. I send up a letter for Margaret. Fitzhugh writes he is well. Nothing new. I also send up the “straw bag.” Tell the Mim I think it is grass. She will require the count of her socks & gloves. Hope the wedding went off well. Custis I presume was not married as you did not mention it. He had a good opportunity. I hope little Annie is well. Thank Capt Leigh & give much love to every body. Very truly your father

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L 5144 a, Section 14, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 31


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