<br /> Lee Letter: w038

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: I. Stoddard Johnston

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your letter of the 25 ulto: & for the information it contains. I should like very much to obtain a copy of the narrative of Genl Breckenridge’s operations, which you are compiling for him; & request that you will send it to me, if he has no objections, as it would reach me more certainly from Kentucky than from Canada. May I ask you then to obtain his permission should it be necessary til my records, reports, orders etc were destroyed in the retreat from Petersburg, & I am endeavoring to replace them. Such of my reports etc were published in Richmond by the Confederate Congress I have discovered; but should you have in your possession any of my official letters, orders etc, of interest, I would be much obliged to you if you would send me copies –

I am very glad to learn a mode of communication with Genl Breckenridge, & will take advantage of it –

I return the notes mailed to me some days since & am glad to hear that their miscarriage occasioned no inconvenience. I soon discovered from the note signed by you, that they were not intended for me, & conjecture that the mistake occurred in the manner you described. I would have returned them before, but did not know your direction – With great respect

I am very truly yours

R E Lee

Major I Stoddard Johnston

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