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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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.



Fairfax County Virginia

May 23 1810


At the request of the author of a work entitled “Memoirs of the War in the Southern department of the United States by an officer of the Southern Army” I find accompanying this letter six copies of the proposals for printing them, which I hope you will distribute in the best manner to procure numerous subscriptions, the work is worthy of all that is said in the prospectus and justice is rendered to the great chief, to whom the State of Rhode Island gave birth, who deservedly holds the second rank amongst the heroes of our Revolution.

The name of the Author will be readily guessed tho’ for obvious reasons it is deemed at this time improper to announce it.

You will excuse this address on account of the subject, and believe me to be with great consideration

Yr obt sert

Richard Bland Lee






Fairfax C House

23d May 1810


William Goddard Esq

Near Providence






Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, M2009.118



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 May 20

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