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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Petersburg 11 Mar 65


My dear Daughter

I found among some papers that were being removed the accompg ode. I do not know the author unless it may be he who presented it. It reached me I recollect at a very busy time at the opening of the past Campaign & had almost passed from my memory when it Caught my eye among some letters that were being destroyed. I thought it might Cure you of all your ailments & so inspire you as to write me a poetic response, for I do not remember ever having acknowledged its reception & fear I have not. I hope you are well.

I[n] great affection & much haste

Your affectionate 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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