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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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


Sept 6th 1907

My dear Col1

While on a recent visit to Roanoke Mrs Kindred, on whom I happen to be calling, showed me a letter of your fathers. Remembering your desire to have all the letters of his you could find I asked her to send me a copy of it which she did, with some others, and which I Enclose with her letter which will give you the history of the whole transaction. I don’t know that the letters are very valuable historically however, I thought you might like to have them.

How are you? How is your family? We are as usual. The “Doc” returned to N. Y. Tuesday, he seems to have regained his strength and looks fat, though don’t think his color is just right yet. Aunt Mary is Expected tomorrow. There are several things already she can’t understand the principle one being how the C & O does not stop at Ravensworth “as it always used to.” As it has never stopped since I have been living there it is Easier for me to comprehend.

With much love for all at Oakley.

I am yrs affy

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).

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