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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Va: 3 Jany 66


My precious little Agnes

I sat down to give my dear little Sally, for she is dear to me in the broadest & highest sense of the word, the benefit of Jenny Taylors opinion, on hasty marriages. But on reflection I fear it would be words lost, for your mother says her experience has taught her, that when a young woman makes up her mind to get married, you might as well let her alone. You must therefore just thank her for the pretty inkstand, & say that I will need no reminder of her, but I do not Know when I shall make up my mind to stain it with ink.

I was very glad to receive your letter of the 26th, & to think that you were mindful of us. I Know you do not wish to be away, though you are striving to get as far off as possible. When you reach Norfolk you will be so convenient to New York where steamers depart almost daily for Europe. Let us Know when you sail.

But I do not wish to restrict your movements, though you Know how solitary I am without you. I enclose $20, which with that I gave Mildred, I hope will answer your purpose. Send me or bring me the photographs I asked for. I like them of the last edition. They seem to take with the little school girls, & I have nothing else to give them.

I hope you will have a safe & pleasant trip. Tell Mr Warwick I shall sorrow with him to night though I believe Mrs Lee is right.

Remember me to all friends & believe me your devoted father

R E Lee   




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

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 29 

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