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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Near Petersburg 3 Feby ’65


My dear Mary

I have recd your note of the 1st. I am very much obliged to Mr Mead for the trouble he has taken in relation to the Lee Genealogy. I have no desire to have it published & do not think it would afford Sufficient interest beyond the immediate family, to compensate for the expense. I think the money had better be applied to relieve the poor.

I send you the memo of socks recd by Major Jenney. There was one pair less than you stated. The bag was returned yesterday during my absence or I should have written. I return the Photographs as you desire. I do not see the advantage however of sending to me to be returned. I heard from Fitzhugh & Rob yesterday all well. I grieve over the death of my darling little niece. How our pleasures in life go out, a bright joyous & affectionate spirit has left us. May God have mercy on us & make us ready & anxious to follow her. I did not write the sad news to the boys or impart it to Mrs Pegram whom I met yesterday at a review of Pegrams death. I had not the heart. She looked very happy & said she was having splendid times. Long may it last. I can hardly see. Give much to my dear daughters.

very affy & truly


R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 565, Section 29, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 April 29

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