Author

Dorothy Lee

Date of Award

1930

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Abstract

Much has been written concerning the life and achievements of General Robert Edward Lee, but the life and letters of his wife Mary Anne Randolph Custis Lee have scarcely been touched, except in their connection with her illustrious husband. From her published writings and the from the devotion her husband gave her she would seem to have been a woman sufficiently individual to merit the historian's attention.

Mary Lee's life was not only brought into close relationship with the historic personages of her own generation but through her parents and grandparents she was influenced by the founders of the American Republic. Any survey of her life finds its background in the creative years of the young republic following the aristocratic colonial regime in Virginia that had helped to make her forebears rich and powerful.

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