<br /> Lee Letter: wl050

Washington and Lee University

Sender: E. J. Quirk
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Dear Genl

Permit me once more to answer your long wished for Letter only immagine when 18 years ago I recd your kind letter after your return from the City of <illegible> which document I am now comparing to see if your hand have changed any but I only see a vast improvement after a elapse of so many years and now Dear Genl to show you what a attachment can form in his youth and retain in old years for each other at least such is my compisition your kindness to me and your kind expression of me made me to ever respect you even more and more well Genl you remember once that I prophisied you would be President. Well thank God you are of a great institution but I wish it was the world however I am more than taking liberty with your time for which I know you will excuse me knowing my feelings toward you I am in good health and doing well G. T. Smith is in N. York stopping at the N. York Hotel I will enclose you a document which I took the liberty of writing and now hope you may have the pleasure of reading I also enclose you my Likeness which is not materially changed since. I <illegible> to smash their rocks to pieces at St Louis. I would ask one more request from the Genl if it would not be disagreeable to him to favor me with his picture and now in Conclusion Genl I wish you all the happiness this world can afford and heaven in the world is the ever prayer of

your friend

E. J. Quirk

PS I have a Daughter married in Virginia City Nevada to the City <illegible> which was my great reason coming out here all well and doing <illegible> I am acquainted with many good Virginians here you have many friends in this City and for <illegible> Genl I hope to have the pleasure of again seeing you and family before I die

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “20 Jany ’66 E. J. Quirk sends his defense against Slander published in New York Atlas in 1863 Ansd 1 Mar.” Quirk wrote to the New York Daily News on 12 June 1863 to defend Lee, against a “cowardly attack upon my best friend.”