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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.


 

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Near Cartersville

10 July ‘65

 

My dear Robt

 

I enclose a letter from Mr Spilman in reference to Romankoke. The only way in which I know a title can be given to the place is by a deed signed by me as Executor of your Grd Fathers will & by yourself as Legatee. But the estate is still encumbered by the Conditions of the Will. As soon as the Courts are in operations I am restored to civil rights (if I shall be), I desire to settle up the estate & deliver over all the property to the owners. They Can then despose of it as they think proper. I have informed Mr. J. his letter was referred to you.

We are well & established in a comfortable but small house in a grove of oaks, belonging to Mr. Thomas Cocke. It Contains four rooms & there is a house in the yard, which when the filled up will give us another. Only your mother Agnes & Mildred are with me, Custis who has had a return of his attack of dysentery is at Mrs Cockes house about 2 miles off & is convalescent I hope. I have been nowhere as yet. The weather has been exceptionally hot, but this morg there is an agreable change, with some rain. The country here is poor but healthy & we are at a long distance from you all. I can do nothing until I learn what decision in my case is made at Washington. All unite with me in much love

Very truly your father

R E Lee            

 

Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 593, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 August 2    

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