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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 8th 1872


 My dearest Mildred

Yours & Ma’s letters of the 4th reached me two or three days ago. The love & sympathy expressed is very dear to me, & a great comfort. I have delayed writing, hoping every day to have some cheering news to tell about Lottie. She is still about the same. Some times she appears a little stronger, & then falls back again in the same day. I think she is more comfortable the last three or four days, has had better nights & better days. But I can’t see that she has gained any strength, or that her cough, which is racking her to pieces, has lessened any. Phil came up Friday & Mrs Grundy arrived here last night; she is so bright, cheerful & good humored, & so beloved by them all, especially Charlotte, that I think her presence gave her (C) more pleasure than she has had since she has been so sick. She was really quite bright yesterday & comfortable, & I believe has had a good night. I hav’nt heard from her yet but every thing is very quiet in her room & that is a good sign. I told her yesterday I intended to write this morning & she sends you all her very best love & thanks for all your love & kindness to her. Wishes she could write herself & that she could see you. She is very patient & very sweet, & some times when free from suffering, her face looks just the same, with her bright eyes & bright color & glimpses of her old humor are shewing themselves all the time, in her talk with us, even in taking her medicines. She is always interested very much in your & your great trouble & is thinking as much of the trials & sufferings of others as she is of herself. I don’t know anything we can do for her, I wish we did, except to keep her as comfortable as possible. The Doctors told me this in the spring, but I had no idea it would come so soon. She may rally now & partially recover but as far as I know, from the opinions of others, it is almost impossible for her to get well.

It is very hard, or it seems to us, that she should have to go; but it is so the world over, every one is suffering the same way & why should we be exempt? You must give my best love to Ma & all at home.

Tabb & the baby. Your letters are a great pleasure & comfort to me & you must write when you can. There is nothing that you can do for us here. We know that you would if it were possible. You must tell me all about yourself & how your lameness is getting on.

Good bye

Ever yours




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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 18

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