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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



White House      22d Sepr 67


My dearest Life

I was delighted to receive your letter, as I feared you had entirely forgotten ‘The General’ you know that I am always thinking of you all individually, and that my letters to the Missus are intended for the whole family. So you must not take offense if I sometimes delay answering your letters. I am very much obliged to you for your kind wishes and congratulations. I hope you may love your new sister for her own sake, as well as us for mine. I know that she will love you all dearly and think she will suit the fastidious tastes of my sisters as the “the oracle” of the family has said as much.

He, Rob, went up to Richmond to-day, but did not stop, and left word for me to meet me at the cars? Tuesday morning. Pretty good for a Junior is “us is”?

You must have had a charming time with so many nice young ladies in the house, and I am sure they appreciate your housekeeping as much as I do. How did Col Allen succeed with Miss Lottie?   

I presume the young collegians enjoyed themselves with the ladies and the cream. Do write me fully about my brother George who as you say is a bird? And a very dear one to me. We have various accounts about him.

I have been very well the whole summer, as I am very careful with myself and take a dose of chologne every morning. Capt [illegible] so called is now stationed on the boat returning from this place to Baltimore and seems to be a very nice fellow. He seems to be thinking of his wife and anxious to get on the line to Alexandria. You must give my love to Pa & Ma and all and believe me

Your aff brother

W H F Lee




Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g 54, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond  

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 April 2

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