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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 29th /70

My dear Mildred

Your letter of congratulation was recd in due time & you must accept my sincere thanks for it.

Since I recd it I have been to see the young person who was the cause there of & had a delightful visit. All the family was particularly kind & exhibited their kindness with so much tact & consideration that it was doubly appreciated. The young person herself was all that I could hope for in my strongest imagination & I am as happy as the day is long. But one deep regret mars all this brightness & that is that I hav’nt a million or two (thousands would not be declined) to-day at her feet & make her mine at once. Still we have a full understanding as to our prospects & I presume it will all work well in due time. Last Tuesday I went to R-d & met George on his return from “Oak lands”. Came down here Sunday evening & accompanied him to Balt Monday Evening where I remained until Wed Evening. Saw there “that bird” Jeanni Yeatman Cousin Minnie & your own PTY.“ We went on in the boat with Col & Mrs Herbert1 & child Cousin Rebecca Tabb Maud Perrin Lloyd Prosser & little Rebecca Tabb2 & had a very pleasant trip. Saw Smith Lee in Balt who is a bird & no doubt I expect to leave here in about a week. Stop of course at Rocklands for a day or two & then come on to see you all. So get the “suite” in the loft in order borrow some furniture if none on hand. Get out your black berry preserves & prepare yourself to be generally agreable. I saw your letter to Miss Lottie. did you credit my dear. “If you are going to the Johnson’s go early” metaphor for “don’t put it off too long”. I have just returned from our C. H. to day where I officiated for the first time in my new office viz. as supervisor of the County. You did not know that your Henry was holding an office of trust & governing his native country. You may yet have a Chatam or a Pitt for a brother who knows I was up sat evening & spent the night with Cousin Jim at Pampatike who is all alone his spouse & chicks having left him for the upper country. We went over to church in Hanover & dined at Ingleside where we saw all your cousins & enjoyed very much their good dinner & bright faces. I suppose Tabb & Rob will be with you soon. Tell the Judge to take care of himself & not to overexert his strength. I wrote to the Mim a while ago but no answer yet. I hope Pa will return all right. My best love to him & tell him I got his letter & read his to his new daughter also. I agree with him entirely.

Love to Agnes & thank her for her letter. Take care of yourself & look out for me for I am a coming.




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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 19


1. James Rawling Herbert (1833-1884), a Marylander who fought for the CSA. Buried in Baltimore. His wife was Elizabeth Alexander Herbert (1849-1895).

2. Dr. John Prosser Tabb (1822-1884), who married Rebecca Lloyd Tabb (1824-1872); they had four children, including Evelina Matilda Prosser “Maud” Tabb (1843-1925) and John Lloyd Tabb (1851-1922) and John Prosser Tabb (1854-1927). Rebecca’s parents were John Lloyd (1775-1854) and Anne Hariotte Lee (1799-1863).

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