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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




August: 20th 1870

My dear Mim

 Your last letter containing a note to your new daughter—which by the way I read & thought very good advice—was duly recd since then I have been on a visit to the aforesaid young woman & presented her with the note which I imagine she is going to answer.

I had a delightful visit. Every one was very kind & exhibited a great deal of tact in lessening any embarrassment either of us may have felt, on the strength of the new connection, but the truth is we two young people know each other so well that there was nothing of that kind. Of course I am more in love than ever completely carried away.

The more I know of the young woman the more I see to admire respect & love & I am very miserable now away from her & unable to do any thing practical for the continual thinking of her & for the longing to be near her. Think of your youngest Mim being as far gone as that. It is the fact any how & I am not ashamed to acknowledge that I am a complete “goner” & the cause of it all is in my opinion the sweetest girl in the world. I arrived there yesterday week & left the following wed, met Fitz Tabb & the baby on the cars on their way to White Sulphur. Robbie knew me directly & was in an elegant humor. I believe they expect to be in Lex about the 1st Sept. I expect to leave here about that time & after a short visit to Rocklands will come up & see you all for a week or ten days & then take a little more refreshment at Rocklands before I return home.

Every thing is dry here in every sense of the word.

I am truly perfectly miserable. I am going to Rocklands tomorrow to meet Custis who will arrive there via canal from Oaklands. M will come down here tomorrow evening & he will leave for Baltimore monday evening & it is probable that I’ll go on with him. If I do it will only be for a couple of days. I got a letter from Pa from the Hot congratulating me on my selection & good fortune & approving in every way.

He did’nt say any thing about his own self, but I hope he is improving. I made, you a will be sorry to hear, a very poor wheat crop did’nt pay expenses especially hard on me now when I want money more than ever.

My corn however promises well, though I hav’nt placed my hopes too high on that. Thank Agnes & Mildred for their kind letters & I’ll answer them soon. What do you hear from sister, have you told her of my happiness. Best love to all & believe me your devoted son




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

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 August 1

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