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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Rockbridge Baths

20 July 1869


My dearest Markie

I have borrowed a little space in your Cousin M’s letter, to acknowledge your last kind one to me & to say how glad I am that you are coming to see us. I however think that you are of opinion that the Hot is the proper water for you that you ought to go there. Your first duty to yourself & friends is to recover your health & you ought to pursue that course that reason & experience demonstrates to be the best. I do not know that those waters are the best, nor do I wish to under value these, but from what your Cousin M. tells me that appears to be your opinion, & I do not wish you to forego so fair an opportunity to test them, for the sake of pleasing us. You know you can see us after our return to Lexington. I shall have to stop for I am using your cousin Marys room as well as pen & paper. The first is so dark, (she is taking her siesta) that I cannot see what I am writing, & the others do not suit my style at all. Good bye. Hoping to see you soon I am.

your affectionate Cousin

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from digital scan of original letter, Letters of Robert E. Lee to Martha Custis Williams, 1844-1870, Huntington Library, San Marino, California              

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 3

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