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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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: 2 May 1866


My dear Cousin Edmund

My brother Carter to whom I sent your letter in reference to the Jennings estate, informs me that he forwarded it to Mr G. W. Lewis a lawyer of Westmoreland, requesting him to make the inquiries it indicated, & to respond directly to you. I hope the result may be satisfactory to you but I cannot feel sanguine. Genl H. A. Wise’s first wife you may know was a Miss Jenning & Carter states that he says, the heirs in Virginia to the English estate cannot be judicially proved, that he has tried it in vain. I trust you may be more successful.

I hope that you are all well & are working successfully. The young women seem to be doing their part, which is very cheering. Tell Miss Virginia Bedinger she ought not to have left us. The nieghborhood [sic] looks gloomy.

My son Fitzhugh & daughter Agnes are now with us, which lighten up our household.

Remember us most affy to your family

& believe me most truly yours

R E Lee


Edmund Lee Esq




Source: Digital scan of original letter, Robert E. Lee Papers, 1749-1975, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 May 23



1. Virginia Bedinger Michie (1842-1919), a native of Charlottesville, who married on 1866 October 3 Harry Bowyer Michie (1839-1895), who served in the Confederate army.

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