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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Charlottesville Dec. 22nd 1873

My Dear Colonel

            As Gen. Maury tells me that you promise to interest yourself in behalf of the Sothrn H. Scty.  I write to beg you to bring the subject before your friends & especially before the club of which you are Presdt. I am sure that if you will do this, you can at once get a large number of sub[scription]s & it is very important to accomplish this before Jan. When the Hist[orica]l papers will begin in the Mag[azine]. If you can send me some names, the certificates will at once be sent to you, or I can send you as many as you can place. You know the objects contemplated by the Scty & realize how important they are to the South, so I need not trouble you with details. You can present this subject singly & I hope that you will give me your aid.

            I shall try to visit your city before long to address the people on this matter, but in the meantime, I must ask the aid of my friends. Is Maj. John Neal in Norfolk? If so tell him that I expect him to join & to bring in some good recruits. Do let me hear from you as soon as possible I am.

Very truly yrs,

Wade Hampton

Col. W. H. Taylor


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.403

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 15

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