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Lexington Jan 26th, 1873.

Mrs Lee,

Dear Madame,

In the last letter I received from my father, there is a passage which I have thought might be of interest to you, and I have therefore copied and indorsed it. Where all the civilized world unites to bestow honor, the praise of one foreigner, even though a man of eminence and distinction, can be but little to you; but even that little, I have thought that no one should withhold.

With your permission, I will repeat the circumstances that led to this expression of opinion from Mr Long1: he had published in England a translation of Marcus Antonius2, without any dedication as he has always been averse to these. The Harpers reprinted the book without his knowledge or permission, and inserted a dedication to Emerson. My father informed his friend of this circumstance; he was much irritated, or rather justly indignant at what he called “this new specimen of the force of Yankee impertinence; and to his next English edition, he prefixed that scathing rebuke to the Northern publisher and compliment to General Lee, which you have no doubt often read, as it attracted no little notice and remark.

Mr. Long afterwards wrote to my father, and told him that he had sent a copy of his book to General Lee, and would like to know whether he had ever received it; my father wrote to General Lee and inquired; and received from him a letter indorsing a note of thanks for Mr. Long to be forwarded by my father, and stating that he had not before acknowledged the receipt of the book because he did not know Mr. Long’s address.

The passage which I have transcribed for you occurred in Mr. Long’s next letter to my father, which was received but a short time before the sad event which darkened your home and the hearts of the whole South.

With the sincerest respect and admiration


Julia S. Tutwiler3


Mrs. R. E. Lee.


Mrs Tutwiler

about Mr. Long’s dedication

of Marcus Aurelius



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 g, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 July 23


1. George Long (1800-1879), an English classical scholar.

2. Marcus Aurelius (121 AD - 180 AD), Roman emperor from 161 AD - 180 AD.

3. Julia Strudwick Tutwiler (1841-1916) was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Henry Tutwiler (1807-1884) and Julia Ashe Tutwiler (1820-1883). Like her father, who supported female education, she became a lifelong educator and helped found the modern institutions of the University of West Alabama and University of Montevallo. She strongly advocated women’s education, as well as reforms in prisons for better sanitation, religious and educational opportunities, and the separation of juvenile prisoners from adults and female inmates from males.

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