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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



4th July 1866


I received your sweet little note a few days since my dear Fannie & should not have replied to it before I received the bouquet of hair, but it occurred to me that some ague & fever powders which were sent me by Dr. Buckler of Baltimore might possibly cure your chills so I determined to embrace an opportunity that offers to send them to you. I wish I could send you a bottle of wine by the same hand but do not like to trouble the gentleman with it. I suppose a glass of toddy will answer just as well to mix the powders in & they should be taken just as you feel the first stretchy symptoms coming on & lay close in bed, ‘till you get in a perspiration. You may not be able to miss that chill entirely but you may not have a return—I have heard of its performing wonderful cures, & do hope it may releive [sic] you. You must let me know if it should—Your brothers may try it too—Tell your Mamma I have enquired particularly about a situation for your Aunt but have not heard of one. Very few people about here can afford to employ teachers. I hope she will be more fortunate in the lower country—I do hope you may soon get well & wish you could come up here to the mountains, tho’ it failed to cure my son who got chills in New Kent—the Genl has been very busy lately with the Examinations & now all the Students have gone to their respective homes save a few who come from a long distance—He desires to be remembered affectionately to you & says he has not forgotten you. He often speaks of you all & of your Mamma’s wonderful energy & industry. I wish you were nearer to us where we could see you. I am still confined mostly to my chair but am going to some Baths near this place which have quite a reputation. I pray that you all may soon be restored to health & may be able to gather around you some of the comforts you have lost. They have come for my letter so I have only time with our united love to subscribe myself.

Yrs affectly

The hair has not arrived




Source: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 44, Number 4, October 1936, pp. 33337

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 January 23                  

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