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Robert E. Lee

C. C. Baldwin

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point N.Y.

18 Oct. 1854

My dear Sir,

I have recd. with much pleasure your brother’s book “Party Leaders”—From the hasty perusal I have as yet been able to give it, I am much pleased with the manner in which the subject is treated & the discrimination & investigation of character shown in its pages. I hope it will meet with the favor it richly deserves & add to the reputation of its author.

I have placed it in the Library of the Academy, that others may enjoy its perusal, & would have sooner acknowledged it, but have deferred in the hope of having more time to examine it.

I am with much respect your friendSigned R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 144. Addressed “C. C. Baldwin Esq. Balcony Falls Virginia.”