<br /> Lee Letter: wl012

Washington and Lee University

Sender: C. Chauncey Burr
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

My Dear Sir

I have mailed to your address the Old Guard for January 1866; and I wish to call your attention to the fact that I have conducted this magazine for three years with precisely the same principles you will discover in the No. I sent you. During that time I became sufficiently familiar with mobs, as with threats from more official stations, but I have the happiness to look back over the stormy field with the satisfaction of seeing no spot where I suffered the standard of truth lowered in my hands. My subscription has steadily increased – and I can safely assure you that the best intelligence and respectability of the worth – excepting the New England States – believe essentially as I have written. To be sure during this period these worthless states have been one vast mob – but the real sentiment of the people is by no means changed to the complexion they must wear to one who is foreign from the scenes. Though the first edition of our January No containing your portrait has been out only ten days, and yet it is so nearly sold that we shall print a new edition next week. And as yet we have comparatively no sales in the South – so you see that the worth is by no means without a force of true men. What I say, in my note on yourself, of the estimation in which your name is held by a large and responsible class of other people is true, as you will learn from personal experience whenever you come to these regions. I take the liberty of referring to this matter for the purpose of impressing upon your mind the fact that there is no occasion for despondency without hope as to the future of our country. I am of the strongest faith that we shall yet have the old times substantially back again – i.e. on the basis where it was placed by our fathers – If the South does not give up, and fall permanently in with the Republican plans for centralization and consolidation. The time has not come for her to work positively; but she ought not to endorse centralization and thus educate her people in the wrong direction. If she will mentain silence until the party now in power has spent its evil forces, and above all do nothing that amounts to an endorsement of wrong principles, I have an abiding faith that all will yet be well. The old Union – as it was formed by our fathers, I believe will suit the great body the people North and South. I am with great respect

Your obedient servant

C. Chauncey Burr


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “27 Dec ’65 Mr. C. Chauncey Burr sends copy of last No: of Old Guard Ansd 5 Jany.”