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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 15 Dec. 1866


Miss Lizzie McConkey

124 McCulloch St., Baltimore, Md.


I recd yesterday your letter of the 6th inst. inviting me to Baltimore, and hasten to return my sincere thanks for the kind and earnest manner in which it was given. I am fully aware of the many and repeated acts of sympathy and relief bestowed by the generous citizens of Baltimore upon the people of the South. Acts which will always be remembered, but which can never be repaid; and which will forever stand as monuments of their christian charity and kindness. I know two that by their munificence they have brought loss and suffering on themselves, for which I trust God will reward them.

I need not I hope assure you of the pleasure it would give me to express to them the gratitude I feel; but I can not do it in the way you propose, even if my engagements permitted; and therefore hope you will excuse me for declining your invitation.

The exercises of the College are only suspended Xmas day, and my presence here is required.

With great respect

R. E. Lee




Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, pp. 6-7, Section 43, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 20

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