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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 8 April, 1867.

Dr. A. G. Kimberly

Finance Secty., S. O., Association,

Baltimore, Md.

My Dear Sir:

I have just recd your letter of the 4th inst., and regret that it is not now in my power to withhold payment of the funds transmitted to Mrs. E. A. F. Mears, Treas. S. O. Association, from the citizens of Va. City. A small portion was in money, and I find I have not a record of the draft on New York forwarded to her. If she is not the proper person to receive the funds, the finance committee of the association could take steps to recover them. It was my intention, in accordance with the request of the donors, to pay over the money to the Society, for the erection of an asylum for the Orphans of the “Confederate dead”, and I was guided by the advertisements of the association in the Baltimore and Richmond papers, and by information received from the latter city. I hope the necessary steps may be taken to have the money properly applied.

Very respectfully, yr. obdt. Svt.

(sgd) R. E. Lee


P.S. Please inform me if there is more than one association for the erection of an asylum for the Orphans of Confederate dead.

(sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 32, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 6

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