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Guide to the Edmund Jennings Lee II Papers, 1797-1877

Summary

Correspondence, legal papers, and financial records concerning Edmund Jennings Lee’s law practice, estate settlements, and personal family matters. Subjects include Confederate refugees in Canada, the formation of West Virginia as a state, conditions of Virginia in 1865, and bridge and turnpike construction and management. Includes family writings and diary entries from Henrietta Bedinger Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee III, and Edwin Gray Lee. Also includes bills, receipts, and financial ledgers from Edmund Jennings Lee’s law practice.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11483
Title
Edmund Jennings Lee II papers
Date
1746-1963
Extent
9 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Edmund Jennings Lee II Papers have been divided into four series: Correspondence, Personal Files, Legal Papers, and Financial Records. The majority of materials concern Lee’s legal practice and business interests in Shepherdstown, WV. Materials include letters between Lee and his brothers, Charles Henry Lee, Richard Henry Lee, and Cassius Francis Lee; letters concerning family matters; legal briefs, documents, land surveys, bill, receipts, and financial ledgers from Lee’s legal practice; and miscellaneous family papers and writings, including diaries from Henrietta Bedinger Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee III, and Edwin Gray Lee.

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[Identification of item], Edmund Jennings Lee II Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1797-1912 and undated

Correspondence pertains mainly to Lee’s legal practice. Correspondents include his brothers, Charles Henry Lee, Richard Henry Lee, and Cassius Francis Lee, as well as other family members, including Lee’s son, Edwin Gray Lee. Other correspondents include Jubal A. Early and William Nelson Pendleton. Subjects include Confederate refugees in Canada, the formation of West Virginia as a state, conditions of Virginia in 1865, and bridge and turnpike construction and management. Also includes a letter from Rezin D. Shepherd from 1841 regarding the clock tower for Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, WV. Letters from Edwin Gray Lee describe his service in the Confederate army and allude to his later work in the Confederate secret service in Virginia and Canada. Arranged chronologically by year.

Correspondence, 1797-1868
(28 folders)

Correspondence among the brothers Edmund Jennings Lee II, Charles Henry Lee, Richard Henry Lee, and Cassius Francis Lee; primarily pertaining to Edmund Jennings Lee's legal practice. Also includes letters pertaining to family matters and service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Box 1
Correspondence, 1869-1912 and undated
(16 folders)

Correspondence among the brothers Edmund Jennings Lee II, Charles Henry Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Cassius Francis Lee and Edmund Jennings Lee's children; primarily pertaining to Edmund Jennings Lee's legal practice. Also includes letters pertaining to family matters.

Box 2

2. Personal Files, 1845-1963 and undated

Personal Files includes miscellaneous writings from members of the Lee family; miscellaneous printed materials, including newspaper clippings and other ephemera; genealogy papers for the Parran and Lee families; and some photographs of buildings, landscapes, and individuals in Carlsbad, NM and Shepherdstown, WV. Also includes a volume with notes from a logic class taken by George Rust Bedinger at the University of Virginia in 1859. The volume includes some written correspondence from Shepherdstown, WV, poetry, and financial ledger sheets.

The family writings include diary entries from Henrietta Bedinger Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee III, and Edwin Gray Lee. Henrietta’s diary focuses on religious themes based on several sermons. Her entries also include poems on her deceased children and a humorous dream about her husband’s first wife. Edmund’s diary entries are a few typescript copies of short entries of his daily activities in 1866. Edwin’s diary details his time in the Confederate army in the latter half of the Civil War, from 1864-1865. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The Bells of Bedford, by Alexandra Lee Levin, 1850-1866

Manuscript draft, correspondence; includes letter from 1796

Box 2
Diary of Edmund Jennings Lee III, 1866

Typescript copy

Box 2
Diary of Edwin Gray Lee, 1865

Includes diary and enlarged photocopy

Box 2
Diary of Henrietta Bedinger Lee, 1874-1877

Typescript copy

Box 2
Genealogy papers for Parran family and Lee family, 1963 and undated
Box 2
Miscellaneous poetry and stories, 1867-1929

Includes typescript copies

Box 2
Miscellaneous printed materials, 1845-1959 and undated
(2 folders)

The Congressional Globe publications, business cards, flyers, pamphlets, legal forms

Box 2
Newspaper clippings, 1875-1961 and undated

The Register and New York Times; family events and legal matters in Shepherdstown, WV

Box 2
Photographs, 1904 and undated

Captioned photographs from Carlsbad, NM that includes photographs of buildings, landscapes, and a few local individuals. Also includes a few photographs from Shepherdstown, WV, including the view from Lee's home, Leeland, and a photograph of an elderly Henrietta Bedinger Lee

Box 2
"Story of the Establishment of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation", 1963

Speech by Mrs. Frank H. Griffin

Box 2
Book of notes and correspondence, 1859-1875

Includes notes from a logic class taken by George Rust Bedinger at the University of Virginia in 1859. Also includes some written correspondence from Shepherdstown, WV, poetry, and financial ledger sheets

Box 6

3. Legal Papers, 1746-1875 and undated

Legal Papers includes legal briefs, documents, ledger sheets, and land surveys from Lee’s legal practice, primarily in Shepherdstown, WV. Arranged alphabetically by name.

Bedinger family, 1770-1865

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Bradshaw Methodist Church, 1859-1860

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Boteler, Alexander R. and Dr. Henry Boteler, 1831-1854 and undated

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Briscoe, F. A. and L. J. vs. Quigley, 1837-1853

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Buckles, Daniel and Isaac, 1851-1859

Legal briefs and documents, land survey

Box 3
Burns family, 1837-1853

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Cameron, Samuel, 1857-1858

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Catlett, William G., 1852

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Entler, Daniel and Joseph, 1843-1871

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Fairfax Estate, 1752-1833

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
George Mason, 1767 and undated

Legal arbitration between Peter Smith and James Jennings

Box 3
Green, William, 1809 Sept., Nov. 20

Oversize legal papers dividing the land owned by Green in Berkely County amongst his family.

Oversize-folder 1
Hamill, George and Giles C., undated

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Harper, Robert, and Fairfax Estate, 1782-1833 and undated

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Henkle family, 1844-1856

Legal briefs and documents, correspondence

Box 3
Hollidat, John, 1849-1860

Legal briefs and documents, land survey

Box 3
Hessey family, 1853-1875

Legal briefs and documents, land survey

Box 3
Hodgson, Caroline guardianship, 1799-1852

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Johns Hopkins Bros. and Co., 1843-1846 and undated

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Lane, Thomas C., 1833-1852

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets, indenture agreement

Box 3
Leech, S. V. and others vs. J. L. Towner, 1853-1875

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
McKewan, Michael, 1827 and undated

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
McVeigh brothers, 1853-1858

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Magowan, Abram, 1866 and undated

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Mason, T. Washington, 1867-1875

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Moore, James V., 1860-1872

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Morgan County, WV, 1845

History of French Tract

Box 3
Mutual Assurance Company, 1845-1868

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Orndorff, William, 1858-1873

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Peters Estate, 1843-1863

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Reynolds, Jacob W., 1853-1857

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Rutherford, Robert, 1773-1847

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Shepherd Family, 1834-1867

Legal briefs and documents, land survey

Box 3
Shepherdstown and Smithfield Turnpike Co., 1824

Ledger sheet

Box 3
Showalter, William and Elizabeth, 1845

Legal briefs and documents, land survey

Box 3
Skrigg, William, 1839-1857

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Stephen, Adam, 1821-1839

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Strider, James guardianship, 1833-1862

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets, land surveys

Box 3
Swearingen, Elizabeth, 1850

Legal document

Box 3
Tarner Family, 1842-1869

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Towner, James L., 1855-1860

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Trinity Espicopal Church, 1818-1864

Shepherdstown, WV; legal briefs and documens, ledger sheets

Box 3
Turberville case, 1746-1807

Legal briefs and documents, manuscript timeline

Box 3
Virginia and Maryland Bridge Co. / Smithfield and Shepherdstown Turnpike, 1857-1875

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Washington, John Augustine, 1831-1873

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Washington, George vs. Michael Creasap land case, 1771-1825

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Wingerd, John, 1818-1831

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Yates, Francis, 1857-1858

Legal briefs and documents

Box 3
Claims and pensions, 1871
Box 3
Legal papers, lists, collections, 1856-1859 and undated
Box 3
Lists, collections, dockets, 1851-1868
Box 3
Miscellaneous land plots and deeds, 1847 and undated
Box 3
Miscellaneous legal papers, 1801-1873 and undated
(3 folders)

Legal briefs and documents, ledger sheets

Box 3
Notebook, 1799-1830

Handwritten notes on legal terms and procedures

Box 5

4. Financial Records, 1814-1879 and undated

Financial Records is comprised of bills, receipts, and financial ledgers from Lee’s legal practice and business interests, primarily in Shepherdstown, WV. Also included are financial ledgers from the Virginia-Maryland Bridge Company and the Shepherdstown and Winchester Turnpike Company. Bills and receipts are arranged chronologically by year. Ledgers are listed individually.

Bills and receipts, 1814-1879 and undated
(27 folders)

Primarily from Leeland, near Shepherdstown, WV

Box 4
Mutual Assurance Society of Richmond, 1852-1859

Insurance documents

Box 4
Docket ledger, 1841-1848

Financial records, debts, and brief case notes

Box 5
Ledger, 1839-1858

Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual

Box 5
Ledger, Virginia-Maryland Bridge Co., 1849-1851

Financial records arranged alphabetically by last name

Box 6
Ledger, Shepherdstown and Winchester Turnpike Road Co., 1818-1848

Financial records arranged chronologically by year

Box 6
Ledger, 1835-1838

Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual

Box 5
Ledger, 1843-1853

Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual

Box 5
Daybook, 1848-1876

"Leeland," near Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual. Principally a toll book.

Box 8
Ledger, 1856-1875

Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual

Box 9
Ledger, 1841-1860

Shepherdstown, WV; financial records arranged both chronologically by year and by name of individual

Box 6
 

Historical Note

Edmund Jennings Lee II (1797-1877) was born in Alexandria, VA (then part of the District of Columbia). The eldest son of Edmund Jennings Lee and Sarah Lee, he graduated from Princeton College and studied law under his father. Lee was a first cousin of Robert E. Lee. His family was also related to the Rutherford, Lucas, Dandridge, Rust, Washington, Shepherd families. Lee practiced law first in Wheeling, WV and then in Shepherdstown, WV after marrying Henrietta Bedinger Lee. Despite prodding by his family, Lee declined on multiple occasions to enter a more public political life. He originally opposed Virginia’s secession from Union, but supported the state when it later did so. Lee continued to live in Shepherdstown for the rest of his life.


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Provenance

The Edmund Jennings Lee II Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1959, 1960, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1972.

Processing Information

Processed by Paul Sommerfeld, May 2017

Accessions described in this collection: 10-7-59, 12-13-60, 1-16-67, 2-2-67, 9-1-67, 1-2-68, 3-30-69, 12-1-72.