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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Lexington Va: 22 March 1870

My dear Fitzhugh


Your letter of the 17th Inst: has been recd. Lest I should appear obstinate, if not perverse, I have yielded to the kind importunity of my Physicians & of the Faculty to take a trip towards the South. In pursuance of my resolution I shall leave here thursday next in the Packet boat & hope to arrive in Richmond on friday afternoon. I shall take Agnes with me as my companion who has been my kind & uncomplaining nurse, & if we could only get down to you that evg we would do so, for I want to see you, my sweet daughter & dear grandson. But as the Drs think it important that I should reach a southern climate as soon as practicable, I fear I shall have to leave my visit to you till my return. I shall go first to warrenton Springs N. C. to visit the grave of my dear Annie, where I always have promised myself to go, & I think if I am to accomplish it, I have no time to lose. I wish to witness her quiet sleep with her dear hands crossed over her breast as it were in mute prayer, undisturbed by her distance from us; & to feel that her pure spirit is roaming in bliss in the land of the blessed. Then there, according to my feelings, I shall either go down to Norfolk or to Savannah & take you if practicable on my return. I would ask you to come up to Richmond but my movements are unknown to my self, as as I cannot know the routes, schedules &c till I arrive there; but I have promised not to linger there longer than necessary, so I must avoid temptation. We are all as usual. Your mother still talks of writing you & when I urge her to make preparations for her moving, she replies rather disdainfully she has none to make, they have been made years ago. Custis & Mary are well & Mildred writes that she will be back by the 1st of April. We are having beautiful weather now which I hope may continue. I am so tired sitting at my table that I must conclude. Love from your affectionate father

R E Lee             




Source: Transcribed from original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 5114 d 1-26, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 June 14

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