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14 December 2000
LEE, Robert E., General, C.S.A. Autograph letter signed ("R.E. Lee") to Reverend John W. Brown, Lexington, 16 April 1867. 1 page, 4to, on lined stationery. Fine.
LEE ACCEPTS A DONATION FOR THE "SUFFERING PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH"
Two years after the termination of Civil War hostilities, Lee acknowledges receipt of the reverend's donation of eight dollars, to be used "for the relief of the Suffering people of the South," and pledges to "endeavour to Select objects worthy of the donation; I feel assured that the blessing of God will accompany a gift dictated by benevolent motives & hallowed by pious memories." He also gives condolences for the death of "your noble brother--trust he has rec'd the reward of duty faithfully performed."
After being pardonned, the former general became a true "example of obedience to civil authority," (DAB), eschewing politics and focusing all his energies on the revitalization of the cultural and economic life of the South.
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