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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 30 Jany 67


My dear Mildred

Your are doubtless prepared for this from my letter to Agnes last week. It was a great pleasure to me to hear from you, and I trust you will not defer your dear writer a similar occasion. you must not give up “the Genl” at any rate until you get some one else to take his place. How about that young man?

Your brother Bob is here, and Miss Wickham and Bolling. So, we are very much enlivened by their opinions and the argument carried on generally led by your youngest brother.

I wish you were here you would find some of your friends changed. The “Greenfield” has taken unto himself a wife, and Gus and his family have moved away, so I fear the neighborhood will not be as gay this Feby as last. But in the place of the Hill, we have two marriageable young men. Dr. Waring Lewis & his brother. How would that name suit you? I am anxious for them to see Miss Wickham. We invited them over on Friday to tea!!! But the weather being bad, they very sensibly declined, on the ground of the walking! Whereupon Mrs. Mary Tabb delivered herself on the subject. I hope the young men did not hear her opinion.

I wrote to George some two weeks ago. Please ask him if he recd my letter. Please also write me or send me word whether you young ladies got your money from Maury. I have never heard.

Tell the dearest Miss that my next letter will be to her and that the two babies are lovely. That’s the best thing in the world. All here send love to all


Aff Brother

W.H.F L 




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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 July 24


1. Henry Greenfield Huff was born on 1844 January 3 in Stephensburg in Frederick County, Virginia, to Daniel and Sarah “Sallie” Walton Huff. He fought for the Confederacy, serving in Company A of the 1st Virginia cavalry regiment in Fitzhugh Lee’s division. He enlisted in October of 1863 as a private. On 1866 November 15, he married Rebecca Catherine Keffer in Pembroke Springs. He died on 1923 February 14.

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