<br /> Lee Letter: wl198

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert P. Taylor
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Dear General Lee:

You can hardly imagin the grateful emotions that rise up in my bosom as I write that noble name – “Lee”! the universally recognized synonym for moderation, justice, purity, patriotism! You, who bear that name stand “head and shoulders” above any man in the present age in all that constitutes the sincere gentleman, hero and Christian warrior! Nothing less than this high appreciation of your many virtues which adorn your public career, induce me to solicit in behalf of three other comrades once in arms, whom you complimented so highly in your 9th and last general order to the fated Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox C.H. Va., your name in your own autography to each of the enclosed “9th Gen. Order,” as they wish to preserve them in their families as mementoes of the past. Grant this easy present, with the assurance that it shall be preserved and tenderly transmitted with the highest encomiums by your most sincere friends & well wishers

Ro. P. Taylor Et Als

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “18 June 1866 Robt. P. Taylor requests signature to Genl Orders of 9 Apl ’65 21 June Acknd.”