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[Civil War] Letter from Mary Custis Lee to her "dear friend" Reverend Ralph Randolph Gurley dated 1861. With additional paper pasted down to bottom of letter signed by Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee. The letter speaks of Mary's final days at Arlington House and the impending Union Army occupation there. Highlights include several thoughtful references to Lee and the weight of his burdens at that time, her "fear of adding one feather to my husband’s weight of care" ; her opinion of the situation in Washington and her disgust at the actions of "The Union ... It no longer exists, it is an empty name, its flag dishonoured by those who furl it"; she laments the death of Joseph Gales; she speaks of her distress at having hurriedly to pack her items of value, including the "Mount Vernon relics". It is wide-ranging and articulate, revealing a courageous and powerful intelligence. Custis Lee was the granddaughter of Martha Washington and wife of General Robert E. Lee. Gurley, with his work in the American Colonization Society, is one of the founders of Liberia and devised its name._x000D_
Condition Top edge hinged across. Toned around the edges. Remnants of tape along edges.

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Letter from Mary Custis Lee. 1861. w/ R.E. Lee sig

Estimate $800 - $1,200
$4752 bids
Starting Bid $400
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