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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 6th May 1866

My dear little Fanny


Your sweet & affectionate note should not have been so long unanswered but I have been much engaged since I received it with various concerns, especially of late the arrival of my son & daughter who had been absent from me for a long time. I am most happy to be able to send you the Hair for your locket. The Genl you know has but little to spare, but says I must tell you with his love that he most freely shares with you that little, the yellow lock is mine once golden but now of this uncertain hue. I wish I was near enough to receive your bouquet but I fear it would lose all its beauty ere it could arrive here. You must press it for me & put a lock of your and your sister’s hair in it that you can send me in a letter.—We have a few rose bushes in our yard but they have not bloomed yet & the Genl is very busy with his vegetable garden, but the season is here very late—We have quite a comfortable house furnished by the gifts of many kind friends—When your mother writes ask her to tell me if she ever knew of a Mary Wharton on the Eastern Shore who married a Custis & had many children—her family Bible was sent to us. I have not got it here, or I could send a more particular account of it—Mary Wharton was printed on the fly leaf & the names of all her children on the family Record. Sad that even our family Bibles should all have fallen into the hands of strangers & enemies—I shall be happy to hear from you & your Mother that these things have all arrived safely.

With our united loves

beleive [sic] me most truly your friend

M. C. Lee


Source: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 44, Number 4, October 1936, pp. 338-339

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 23

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