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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Sept 14th 1872

My dearest Agnes

Your very kind letter reached me yesterday. I wish I had some good news to tell you. Charlotte has been about the same all along—first quite bright & free from pain, & then very weak languid & suffering—seeming to care for nothing & nobody. I hav’nt seen her this morning, but they say she is worse & is quite sick. Her strength is gradually becoming less & less, day by day. All is being done for her that we know. But I am afraid she is beyond the help of man though the end may be some time off yet. I don’t know what to think, what to feel, or what to do. I try to believe that all is for the best, that God is merciful in this great blow to me—but it is very hard—hard to believe, harder still to feel so. There are certainly times when man can do nothing for the well, as well as the sick.

Love from Lottie to you all & thanks for your kind sympathy. My best love to you all. And please write when ever you can.

Ever your fond brother

Rob -   



Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L57-69 g, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 21

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