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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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., 4 March 1867.

Messrs. S. S. Scranton & Co.

126 Asylum St., Hartford Conn.

My Dear Sir:

I have received your letter of the 28th ult. in relation to the publication of the work I contemplated on the campaigns in Va.; and thank you for the interest you evince on the subject. I think it best to defer its publication; and my [views] in reference [then] to, are now the same as when I wrote to you in March last. I therefore can not make you an offer on the subject, and am not prepared to receive any from you. I am much obliged to you for the 2d vol. of Headley’s History; and with my kind regards, in which I am joined by my son,

I am very respectfully,

yr. obdt. Svt.

(sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, pp. 22-23, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 12


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