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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Aug 18th 1872

My dear Agnes

Your kind & nice letter of the 11th inst from Lex. reached me a day or two ago. I am truly rejoiced to hear such good news of your three invalids; & I suppose I must consider your trip a success. I hope the good effects begun may continue & that you all may lay aside your crutches &c & come out strong once more. I have heard nothing from Ma or Mildred, except a little note from Ma sent through Custis, which I have answered. I presume by time you have received some of these splendid rains that have been passing over our state. They arrived here Thursday night & continued in the shape of two tremendous showers on Friday & we are having another old fashioned rain to-night. It has come when we had almost despaired of ever having any more & has refreshed the people & county to an immense extent. My mill has started to grind again, & my plows to fallowing, & the corn & grass have sprung with renewed life. My corn was very fine before the rain, the best crop I have ever had, & the rain will certainly increase it still more. I think the arrangements for the funds for the completion of my house have been about made with the Mim1, & as soon as I hear from Custis I shall commence work. So you see being well strong full of hope, & with good crops I have every reason to be grateful to the Giver of it all and indeed I am with all my heart. My great sorrow now, & a very great one it is—is Charlottes health. There is no doubt now of her having consumption; & in connection with this disease of her throat which is either the cause or the consequence of the other, her care is a very serious one. Still there is some slight hope & I am clinging to that & trying to believe & trust in Him who gave her to me, in his wisdom goodness & mercy. I don’t think her people are aware how sick she is, nor do I think it does any good for everybody to know of it, so you must use your discretion in speaking of it. The Drs at my request have told me all. The sympathy of my sisters is very dear to me & I thank you heartily for it.

My love to Custis & to Ma & Mildred when you write.

Ever your loving




Source: Photocopy of original, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 21


1. Pet name for Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, his mother, who is helping fund renovations on Romancoke Plantation.


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