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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



P.O. Burkes Station, Va.,

16 June 1899


Dear Mildred

I have received your letter of the 1st inst, and am glad to have such good accounts of yourself. We are all here about as usual, and have had some very hot weather both in May and June; it is pleasant, however, this morning Miss Mebs1 returned from the Providence Hospital (Roman Catholic), Washington, D.C. not much improved in health (I think) but with new subjects of conversation. She is thinking of trying the White Sulphur or Hot Springs for a month, but I fear that there is nothing that will give her much relief.

Miss Griffith is here, but confined to her room; but the whole party is expected next Monday, when Bellerophon and I are going away to Romancoke if Uncle Bob is there, or somewhere else if not convenient for him to have us. I am expecting a letter from him to-day. Bellerophon is in Loudoun Co. at Col. Dulany’s, attending a colt show; but will be home this afternoon or to-morrow, I suppose. Tabb went to Washington in the early train to have Ethel’s hair cut, and for other purposes. Miss Mebs is not yet out of her room.

I suppose you have heard from some one of the fate of Toby; some of the Ditchley people came to Mr. Jones for milk; the puppy followed them home, and was run over the same night, by a train, before his whereabouts was Known at Ravensworth. as soon as his absence from home was known he was searched for at Mr. Botts, the Newman’s &c. No one thought of Ditchley, until his death was reported the next morning. I see the newspapers every day, but can not think of anything especial in the way of news.  The Fillipinos seem to be holding their own and giving tit for tat. The newspapers are talking about another call for volunteers and it will probably be made sooner or later.

As you are expecting to leave so soon the Villa Baumann, I will send this letter to your Paris address.

affectionately Yrs.

G. W. C. Lee





Source: Photocopy of original letter, Mary Custis Lee Papers, Mss1 L5144 a, Section 62, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 2



1. Mary Tabb Bolling Lee (1846-1924), a native of Petersburg, Virginia. She was the widow of William Fitzhugh Lee, who died in 1891.

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