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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



July 1st


Thanks for your sweet affectionate letter my dear little Fannie. I am glad you write so cheerfully & that you all have an opportunity of improving yourselves, for a good education is something that fortune cannot deprive you of. You never give me your direction when you write so I shall send this to our friend Mr. Gibson. I wish I had something to send you all by Mr. Bolling worthy of your acceptance but as it might inconvenience him to take anything besides this letter I enclose $5.00 which you must lay out in your usual judicious manner. It is part of some funds given me by kind friends for the South & to none could I give it more worthy than those who have so bravely borne up under all the sufferings inflicted on them by a cruel foe, & who are preparing themselves for future usefulness—I was much interested in your account of all yr family & wish I could hear that you all enjoyed that greatest of all blessings, health. There was a gentleman here lately from Alabama who has a sovereign cure for rheumatism & neuralgia & should I find it efficacious I will try & send your Mamma some of it. He has not received it yet but I intend to try it for I have not been so well this winter and spring—We are soon going to the warm & Hot Springs tho’ I have little hope of any permanent benefit. The Genl was not well this spring but is now better. He regretted so much not being able to see you when he was in Petersburgh. His stay was very short & he was so occupied all the time. Why did you not go to see him? He sends you little girls his love & kiss & his kind regards to your Mamma & family in which I join—He told me so much of you all during the war that I cannot feel as if you were entire strangers. Lexington has been quite gay recently with the two Commencements, Washington College & the Institute, but I am unable to mix in any thing that is going on & am often very sad & lonely. God knows what is best for us all, yet it often seems to me that my affliction is peculiarly trying to one of my active temperament. May you ever be spared such a one & long live in health & usefulness, a comfort to yourself & your parents—2 of my daughters have been in Baltimore all the winter & spring & the youngest who is with me has been quite sick of late but I hope is now recovering—There is nothing going on here that would interest you so you must excuse this very short & dull letter & beleive [sic] me always your friend

Mary C. Lee    




Source: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 44, Number 4, October 1936, pp. 336-337

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 23                  

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