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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 29th Sept 1870

Dear Belle,

I know you will be among the first to wish to hear of Papa, who was taken suddenly sick yesterday evening. he is rather better this morning, sleeping very quietly. We hardly know what is the exact nature of his attack—the Drs. hope it is something of nervous prostration from overfatigue & responsibility, I think. He came in very late from a meeting of the vestry of our church but I do not think I can write of it first just now of course we feel very anxious if anything is the matter with Papa.

He has been in a sort of stupor, sleeping a good deal, says he has confusion in his head & scarcely speaks. We trust perfect rest & watchfulness may restore him soon. Drs. Madison & Barton are attending him the latter spent the night here, he & Custis sitting with Papa. I believe I have told you all, as I am sure & you will be interested. Will you give the enclosed .75 cts. to Mrs Caskie, her medicines were 1.25. I hope she still improves, giver her my love & tell her one pleasure I looked forward to in going to the Baths was seeing her, tho’ she was quite right not to see me when so sick. Love to Mrs Gwathmey, & your dear Mother & Miss Jeannie. I could not help regretting on my return I had not staid with you all, but see it was all ordered right now for I would not be away from Papa for any consideration. Our drive back was not so pleasant as going it was warm & I was “subdued” to repeat poetry!

Thanks for the crochet needle


Agnes Lee



Source: Checked against original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 20

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