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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Lexington 16 July 1866


My dear Mary

I am glad to See by your letter of yesterday, that you are recovering so well from your fall. I hope you may soon be well again. I return Mr Caskie’s note to you, & enclose two letters that have arrived.

Caroline got up this morg. Left her daughter better. Says there is a very good girl in Lynchburg, from Genl Cocke’s1 estate anxious to live with us. I shall have more Conversation with her & if satisfied will write for her by the boat to night. Her father is in Lynchburg & anxious for her to Come.

I have heard nothing from Markie. Tell Mrs Cabell I am sorry to have missed seeing her. Where is Katie? I wish she would send her to see me.

I will endeavour to find some one to Carry this to you. Love to all

Very affy & truly

R E Lee




1. Philip St. George Cocke (1809-1861), a Virginia planter who had plantations in Virginia and Mississippi. He committed suicide in late 1861. The “girl” Lee is talking about apparently was a young African American woman.



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c, Section 31, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 March 28

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