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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



U. S. Ship Levant

Pensacola Bay 9th April 1841




It gives me great pleasure to state that your conduct whilst on board of this ship merited & received the approbation of all the officers (myself in particular) attached to her in your talents and strict attention to duty gave promise of future usefulness and high standing in your profession such as I hope to see realized in you.

Wishing you better health and every success I am Sir.


                                                                       Very Respectfully,

                                                                        Yr. Obt. Ser

                                                                         S. S. Lee

                                                                          1st Lieut


I have never known an officer to perform his duty with more cheerfulness, zeal or ability, and I can conscientiously say that as an officer, and as a gentleman his character is not only above reproach but his merits entitle him to the highest considerations that can be given to an officer of his rank.


To Midn. J. C. Howell


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.198, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall


Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 23

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