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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Lexington, Va., 27 March, 1867.

Mssrs. E. B. Treat & Co.

654 Broadway, New York, N. Y.

My Dear Sir:

I am much obliged to you for the copy of your forthcoming work by Maj. John Esten Cook. From motives which I am sure you will appreciate, I am reluctant for my name to be brought before the public. I hope therefore you will excuse me for not complying with your request.

I am very respectfully

yr. obdt. svt.

(sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 28, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 5


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