Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Va.

13 Nov., 1872.

Col. W. H. Taylor,

Norfolk, Va.


My Dear Taylor:

            I have received yours of the 7th inst., for which I am very much obliged to you; and have sent the substance of your statement to Mr. McArdle. Dr. Pendleton says that he  has a distinct recollection of a tall, fine looking Texan, with gray hair and beard, stepping up to my father to remonstrate with him about exposing himself. This corresponds to a certain extent with Venable’s recollection, as Dr. Pendleton says that the man was on foot, taller than those about him, and apparently older.

            I am very sorry that you have been sick. You had better come up here for a change. We have room now for your whole family in our house, all of our visitors having left us. I had to go down to Richmond, not long since, and very much wished to get as far as Norfolk to see you; but was obliged to come back here before I could accomplish the visit. I do not know when I can again get away; but fear, not very soon. The members of our household here are about as usual, and join me in kindest regards to yourself and family.

            Commodore Maury has been quite ill, but better for some days past; and Dr. Madison told me yesterday that unless he had a set-back, he would probably get well quite rapidly. All others at the Institute are well. Col. Williamson’s daughter was married last night to John Purcell of Richmond, a graduate of the V. M. I.

Very truly yrs,

G. W. C. Lee


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.401

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 15