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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Va: 9 Oct 1869


My dear Sir1

The glasses which you were so kind as to give me, & which have been of so much comfort to me, have unfortunately got broken, I fear by my hard usage. As I am unwilling to trust them to any hands but yours, & as you desired me to send them to you in the event of their becoming unserviceable, I forward them by the express in the hope that you may easily repair them for me.

Thanking you for your former kindness, & begging you to pardon the trouble I occasion you

I am very respy your obtservt

R E Lee


Profr H. V. Lejer

St Charles Hotel

New Orleans La:




Source: Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 October 26


1. Lee writes the name as H. V. Lejer, but the name likely is H. V. Leger. Henry V. Leger was the son of Michel P. Leger (1757-1837) and Marguerite Louise Boutin (1768-1834). He was born in 1801 July 11 in Louisiana and baptized in 1811.

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