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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Mississippi City, P. O.

25th March 1877

My dear Col. Taylor,

            I have the pleasure to acknowledge your kind letter of the 19th Inst.

            To your better knowledge I submit the question of the shipment of the oysters, but recognizing the difficulties which you mention, think it might be better perhaps to send the covered instead of fresh oysters. Thus will be avoided both the danger of their being spoiled and the necessity for a separate shipment of the two articles. With best wishes for you and yours I am cordially

your friend

Jefferson Davis


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.420

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 20

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