<br /> Lee Letter: wl170

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel M. Mullen
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Will General Lee pardon me for again taking the liberty of addressing him again upon the subject of his paying me a visit, I should not have again said anything more relative to it but at the instance of many of your friends in Winchester.

It has been rumoured in the Valley that you contemplated spending some time at Howards Lick, and that you would take Capon in your route and spend a few days at the House. Mr. Goldsborough of the Winchester Times imparted this information to me, (Mrs. Chas Baker of Bath his author) that you would visit Howard Lick. Therefore my high regard for you as a soldier & a gentleman prompted me to extend to you & your Family the Courtesies and hospitalities of the Mountain House, and permit me General to repeat the invitation which I hope you may yet find it convenient to accept. I will reserve for you and Family the best suit of Rooms in the House, or give you a cottage nicely and comfortably furnished. And will send a carriage to meet you at any point you may designate, Strasburg or Winchester.

Many of your warm friends of Baltimore are in great hope of having the pleasure of your Virginia friends & scores of soldiers would like the pleasure of doing you honor.

I remember your last visit to Capon I think in 60, and I believe you were suddenly called away by dispatch to New York, I am an intimate and old friend and acquaintance of your Bro C. C. Lee when he lived in Hardy my native County. And I leased the Howard Lick property from him and Wm. Seymour, commenced improvements there but for various reasons failed to accomplish our designs.

So you see I am not entirely a stranger to you and your Family. I knew Mr William Carter well and his son Dr. Chas. intimately. Therefore I hope all this will cause you to make some allowance for the liberty I have taken in writing you such a lengthy communication. I shall be pleased to hear from you again. Most Sincerely

Your obt. servt.

Saml M. Mullen


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “1 June 1866 Saml M. Mullen Offers hospitalities of Capon Springs 7 June – Declined.”