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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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

Mr Wm B Leary

Mr Dear Sir:


Your visit, has recalled to me years long since passed, when I was under your tuition and recd daily your instruction. In parting from you, I beg to express the gratitude I have felt all my life for the affectionate fidelity which characterized your teaching and conduct towards me.

I pray that the evening of your days may be blessed with peace and tranquility, and that a merciful God may guide and protect you to the end.

Should any of my friends, wherever your lot may be cast, desire to know your qualifications as a teacher, I hope you will refer them to me; for that is a subject on which I can speak knowingly , and from experience.

Wishing your health, happiness and prosperity, I am affectionately, yr. friend,

R. E. Lee




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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 February 20

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