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Custis-Lee-Mason Family Papers, 1756-1863 EXPORTED

A gift of Douglas Southall Freeman in 1935, this collection is a composite of letter collections of three well-known Virginia families. These letters were conserved through the Library of Virginia’s Adopt Virginia’s History program. For more information on the Adopt Virginia's History Program or to help save another piece of Virginia's history, contact our Foundation Office at 804-692-3813 or visit

Custis family correspondence, 1756-1844, contain mainly correspondence to Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis (1788-1853) of Alexandria County, District of Columbia and Virginia.

Lee family correspondence, 1832-1863, contain mainly correspondence to Mary Randolph Custis Lee (1808-1873) of Alexandria County, District of Columbia and Virginia, containing social, family, and personal news of her correspondents, who include: A. T. Hale, Mary B. Carter, Henrietta Dimmock, Julia C. Stuart, M. F. Powell, Robert E. Lee, Lloyd N. Rogers, Anna Maria Fitzhugh, S. E. Goldsboro, E. C. Huger, Mary C. Goldsboro, and George Washington Parke Custis.

Mason family correspondence, 1822-1845, containing mainly correspondence to James Murray Mason (1798-1871) concerning the estate of his father-in-law, Benjamin Chew (d. 1844), including the dispute surrounding ownership of the Chew home, "Cliveden," Germantown, Pennsylvania, and other legal matters involving the estate of Chew, for whom Mason was an administrator.