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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Manor House



21st May 1887

Dear Sir

            “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.

I remain

Dear Sir,

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

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