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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 9 March 1867.

Dr. R. P. W. Fauntleroy

Centre Cross, Essex Co., Va.

My Dear Sir,:

I have recd your letter of the 5th inst., on the subject of a charge of $26.00 for having put my mare to a stallion last spring, while in your hands, she exhibits no signs now of being in fold, and I do not think she is. This may perhaps make some difference in the amount of the charge; but in addition, I do not think I should be considered responsible for it, as it was not increased by my direction. Having refunded the amount for which she was sold, $125, I think her services free of charge ought to be a sufficient compensation to those who had the benefit of them, for any expenses they may have incurred. If she produces a colt, I will be willing to pay the charge; and though ignorant of the custom or law in such cases, decide to do what may be considered right.

Very respectfully, yr. obdt. svt.

(sgd.) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 24, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 May 31



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