<br /> Lee Letter: wl172

Washington and Lee University

Sender: C. B. Richardson
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

My dear Sr

A few days since I sent per Express a copy of the Army of the Potomac & Gen’l McClellan’s Report which please accept – I also took the liberty of enclosing a few envelops with my address on them, and beg to suggest the propriety of your forwarding to me, all letters you may receive making inquiries respecting the publication of your History, and thus relieve yourself of much labor and annoyance

I shall be very happy to answer all such letters

Your brother will forward me the original portraits of your family for the artists use which will ensure better likenesses

Enclosed please find a proof of a circular I shall issue in a day or two, which may interest you. Soon three works will be added to the list – You may have seen going the rounds of the paper a conversation reported to have taken place between Gen’l Grant and a Maine Editor

Met the Gen’l & his staff at West Point and took occasion to allude to that report in my conversation with Col Parker a member of the staff – He says the Editor did not make a correct report, that it was considered “dressed up” – I do not believe the Gen’l made the remark respecting yourself as it is reported –

I do not trust that He who ruleth and giveth all things will bring to naught the councils of bad men and give us the peace we so much desire

Very truly yrs

C. B. Richardson

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “2 June 1866 C. B. Richardson Sends Army of Potomac McClellans Reports etc 8 June Ansd.”