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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 us about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Lexington 10 Aug 1866


My dear Mary

On recg your note yesterday, I had only time to get the Arnica & send it by the stage. I am very sorry that you recd such a fall & fear it must have been a heavy shock to you. I am however very thankful that you escaped greater injury & hope that it is no worse than you describe.

I will endeavour to get down to See you tomorrow evg, & trust I may find you somewhat relieved from its effects.

We are pretty well here. Many people are out of town, & I have not seen those who are in. Love to the girls.

Truly & affy yours

R E Lee




Source: Transcribed from photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Section 31, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 April 4


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