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Ravensworth 6 Oct 77

Burke’s P. O. Fairfax Co Va

My dear Taylor

            I do not know (and hope that it is not so) whether it is necessary to express to you in writing.  what you must already know. viz that I was very much impressed with your article on the Battle of Gettysburg. published in the last Pa. Hist Papers.

            I can not sympathize with you in your, gentle it is true, strictures upon Gen Stuart, but upon the whole. your’s is, as it ought to be – the clearest and fairest account of that great battle. that I have read.

            Please accept my most cordial congratulations, and believe me as ever

Your friend

W. H. F. Lee

P. S. I hope you will be in Richmond during Fair Week.


W. H. F. L


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.421

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 20