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Will, 1846-08-31

 Item — Box: 5, Folder: 13

Scope and Contents

From the File:

Included in this folder are two copies of Robert E. Lee's will. One copy is a photograph of the original will. The other copy is a published transcription and facsimile of the will, created by Washington and Lee University in 1928.


  • Creation: 1846-08-31


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Various copies of the same will written by Robert E. Lee in 1846. In it he details the distribution of his estate after his death. He leaves the entirity of it to his wife, Mary Custis Lee, and subsequently his children after her death. It also includes a Schedule of Property primarily consisting of stocks and shares own in assorted establishments such as the Bank of Virginia, James River and Kanawka Company, and the National Theatre. These are all assigned corresponding monetary values, totalling in an estate of $38,750.00. It also details land division amongst his childre.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA