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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Mrs Harriet T. Upton,

Warren Ohio

Your letter of the 29th inst. has just been received.

My uncle, GWC Lee, has been very ill, and is not yet able to attend to business, or to return to his home on [words are cut off from photocopy]1 and shut up during his abstance [sic]. His brother, R E Lee, who came from here to help nurse him, some weeks ago, and who first wrote to you, has been scheduled to return to his house near Richmond Va., and his other brother, WHF Lee, who resides here is now absent from home.

Benson J. Lessing the author of "Hand Book of the Revolution" and other works, had engravings made of some of the pictures at Arlington mentioned by you. Photographs have been taken of some of the pictures, but my uncle cannot recall the names of any of the photographers except that of Mr M. Wiley [of] Lexington Va. who may have some of the negatives.

Very Respect.

R. E. Lee, Jr.1



Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 e 22, Section 22, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 16


1. The Virginia Historical Society only has a photocopy of the original letter on file. Photocopies were made of originals by Herman A. Schindler of Charleston, S.C., in 1968.

2. Robert E. Lee, Jr., also known as Robert E. Lee, III, was the son of William Henry Fitzhugh Lee. He was born in 1869 in Petersburg, Virginia. He served in the Virginia legislature and was active in supporting Washington and Lee University. In 1910, he married Mary Middleton Pinckney, a native of Charleston, S.C. He died in Roanoke, Virginia, in September of 1922 and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

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