From the 8 October 1904 issue of The New York Times.

TOPICS OF THE WEEK.


CAPT. ROBERT E. LEE’S “Recollections and Letters of Gen. Lee” is one of the most noteworthy new books of the week. A fat volume of 460-odd pages, illustrated with good portraits, the book contains many letters of Gen. Lee, some of an intimate personal character and others treating, with the discretion and sobriety of judgment natural to the man, of weighty affairs of state. The book strongly emphasizes the great mental and moral struggle to which Lee was subjected on the eve of the rebellion, and nobody who reads its earlier chapters can doubt that he did his duty, according to his lights, prayerfully and without bravado. Capt. Lee’s memoir is frankly and simply written, and pictures Gen. Lee vividly from the time of his return to Arlington, after the Mexican war, (his son’s earliest remembrance), to his last hours. The boy was early struck by the respect paid to his father by all who met him:

From that early time I began to be impressed with my father’s character as compared with other men. Every member of the household respected, revered, and loved him, as a matter of course, but it began to dawn on me that every one else with whom I was thrown held him high in his regard. At forty-five years of age he was active, strong, and as handsome as he had ever been. I never remember his being ill.

The first chapter comprises the author’s early recollections and ends with the suppression of John Brown’s raid. The second chapter treats of Lee’s resignation from the United States Army and his appointment as commander of Virginia troops. Eight succeeding chapters deal with incidents of the war. There are twenty-six chapters in all.