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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




Burke, Fairfax Co.,


Oct. 11th 1904

My dear Col1

I spent a most delightful day last Sunday in reading your book, the letters are the sweetest, most affectionate, truest and best written of any I have ever had the pleasure of reading and they cannot fail to add an additional wreath to the fame of our great and dear progenitor. If you will permit, I also think the work most admirably done and reflects great credit upon your ability Energy and perseverance, and the whole will be a joy forever to those who appreciate true greatness and lofty christian character.

All of us were dreadfully disappointed that you and yours did not come to see us: we hope for better luck next time and also hope that will be soon.

Spencer very kindly asked me to be one of his grooms-men, and I accepted with much pleasure, so will look forward to seeing all of you at the wedding.

We have had one or two quite heavy fronts, though the last few days have been as hot as summer.

With much love to you and “Annie” and kisses for the girls. I am,

Yours affectionately,

R. E. Lee Jr.



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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 19


1. Robert Edward Lee (1869-1922), was the son of William Henry Fitzhugh Lee and Mary Tabb Bolling Lee. He was born in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and worked as a lawyer and served in the state legislature. He was made a colonel by Governor Andrew Jackson Montague, who served from 1902 to 1906. Lee lived at Ravensworth, the home of the Fitzhugh family. The house, which was in Fairfax County, mysteriously burned to the ground in August of 1926. The site is now a shopping center.

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