21st May 1887
“Four Years with General Lee”, has reached me safely: pray accept my best thanks for it. I shall read it with the deepest interest, as indeed I do everything that refers to his doings or to his character. America is too English in its feelings to refuse to do honor to the memory of her great son because he was on the losing side.
General Lee’s turn will soon come, and Americans of all classes and of all politics will feel justly proud of him before very long. I am sincerely obliged for your kind letter and the flattering things you say in it about me personably.
Very faithfully your’s
To: Colonel W. H. Taylor
&c &c &c
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009. 439
Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 21