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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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



Virginia Club,

Norfolk, Va

Apl 29th 1887

Genl. Wolseley

Dear Sir

            I have recently read with much pleasure the article on General Lee written by you for Macmillans Magazine. Testimony from such source to the ability, the efficient service and the exalted character of the great Confederate leader is very dear to those of his old soldiers who survive him, as indeed to all the people of the south.

After the perusal of your article, it occurred to me that it would not be amiss for me to send you a copy of the monograph given by me to the public some years ago, as it might give you some additional information as to the disparity of numbers with which Genl Lee had to contend. I have therefore caused to be sent to your address a copy of “Four Years with Genl. Lee” which you will please do me the honor to accept, with the assurance of my highest esteem

Very resp[ectfull]y and truly yours,

W. H. Taylor


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.438

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 21

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