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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Lexington: 19 Oct ‘ 65

My dear Mary

I only recd your letter of the 9th by Mr [Moorman], yesterday. I enclose a letter to Rob on his matters. Hey may have any of my clothes he fancies, but they are all here. If he was here he could select himself a suit, & he could have the check shirts which would be capital for him this winter if he goes to farming, & I shall not want them. I have no doubt, & could find him some socks too. Mrs Cocke does not return for some weeks, I believe, & Mr Edmund was prevented by sickness from going yesterday I understand, & I do not know when he will return. I will send the photographs by whichever goes first. I am much obliged to you for the papers & letters you sent me. I have seen Mr Kane from Edge Hill who says Mary left there monday week, 9th Oct: & was to stop at Ravensworth on her way to Baltimore instead of on her return. She recd a letter from Mrs Fitzhugh, two days before her departure which changed her programme. I have been over the house we are to occupy. It is in wretched condition. Mrs M. has not yet vacated, but I have some men at work, though this storm has interrupted their operations & I fear little will be done this week. I think I can make your room comfortable. The upstairs is very convenient, & the rest of the house sufficiently so I think you had better write at once to Britt_ to send the curtains you speak of, & the carpets. It is better to use what we have, than to buy others. Their use where originally intended is very uncertain. They have been tossed about for four years, & may be lost or ruined. They Can Come by Express to Lynchburg & thence up the Canal, or by Richmond. The merchants say the former is the better way, much more expeditious & but little more expensive. They get their goods from Baltimore by Express, which runs on the R. R. to Lynchburg & thence up by packet. I told you I was willing to sit to Elder & Valentine at any time. Annie & Belle left us last tuesday evg in the Packet. Custis & I are very lonely. He has Capt Edmund. I have no one. Mr Preston Cocke has just Come into my room. He says Edmund is not much indisposed. I hope he will soon be well again. Dr Madison goes to Staunton. He is all packed up & is only awaiting the arrival of wagons to transport him. Mrs M. is in the house with her little children, without any servants, does her own cooking &c. People are very poor now, & have to live simply. Tell Agnes I am much gratified at her letter. I may not be able to answer it to day. Give much love to Mildred. I wish you were all with me. I am as usual stiff & crabbed. Remember me to Mr Thos; Cocke & all at Oakland.

Most affy yours

R E Lee


Mrs M. C. Lee



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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 August 3


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