Stratford Octr. 29. 1778


Honble. Robt. Carter Esqr.

I am sorry I have it not in my power to supply you with the Glasses you want to glaze your Loom House. Doctor Doddrige’s Book is not at Stratford, or you shou’d have had the use of that very excellent Work. My most respectful Compts. attend Mr. Carter & Family.

I am Sir

your very humble Sert.


Eliza Lee1



1. This is the only original document that Stratford Hall has that was written by Elizabeth Steptoe Lee. She was the wife of Philip Ludwell Lee, who died in 1775. She managed Stratford’s business affairs during the American Revolution. She married another Lee descendant, Philip Fendall, in 1780. They built the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria.


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 2, M2009.040, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 February 13