<br /> Lee Letter: wl108

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Thomas J. Smith
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Sir –

I have seen it stated in several newspapers lately that there would shortly be issued from a publishing house in New York, your history of the late war, or of your campaigns. Such a book written by yourself, would be in great demand among the Southerners in this State.

If the arrangement could be made either with you or the publishers, I would like to have the exclusive right to sell it in this State, or a portion of it.

I was an officer in the 37th Va. Inf. of your army during the war, and as a member of the Va Legislature at the time of the surrender. The best of references can be given if required.

I am now teaching a common school for a support, and desire a more active as well as more lucrative employment. A reply at your earliest convenience will be duly appreciated. Very respectfully

Your ob’t servt

Thos. J. Smith

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “Capt. T. J. Smith Wants agency to sell Campaigns in Mo: – Ansd: 29 Mar.”