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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 27 Feby 1867


Ms. Elliott

Care of Andrew Low Esq

Savannah, Ga.

My Dear Mrs. Elliott:

It would be in vain for me to attempt to express my grief at your great affliction.1 In common with the whole country. I mourn the death of him, whom, for more than a quarter of a century, I have admired loved and venerated; and whose loss to the church and society, where his good offices were so important, I can never expect to see supplied.

You have my deepest sympathy; and my earnest prayers are offered to Almighty God, that He may be graciously pleased to comfort you in your great sorrow, and to bring you in his own good time to rejoice with him, whom, in His all wise Providence. He has called before you to Heaven.

With great respect, most truly yrs.

R. E. Lee




Source: Photocopy of letterbook, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 21, Section 43, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 March 2


1. Lee is referring to the death of Bishop Stephen Elliott (1806-1866), who died on 1866 December 21 and is buried in Savannah.

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