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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



4th October


My dear Belle I do not know if you got a letter written I forget exactly when but in reply to yours, nor do I remember if the genl was then sick so much have I been distracted by his illness & the terrible flood. You can form no idea of the amount of loss & suffering & we are as much cut off from the rest of creation as if we were in the artic pole nor more since last wednesday the evening of that day & the commencement of the storm the genl was suddenly taken so ill & has been in bed ever since almost unconscious of the warming elements. Fortunately he sleeps a great deal & is scarcely yet restored to full consciousness tho the Drs think he is getting along well. I have only time to write a few lines as I have just heard of a Mr Davis who came from the Baths & is going back immediately. Do write when you can be sure of a chance & tell me how you all fared in the storm & what you are going to do. Custis & the girls send their remembrances & they are constantly beside their father day & night & have no time to write. It is fortunate Agnes did not stay with you. we could not well have got along without her. Excuse this great haste & with affectionate love to all our dear friends.

Yrs Mary Custis Lee

Agnes has written you by mail & enclosed 75cts for Mrs. Caskie




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g 11-13, Section 6, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 October 8


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