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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The spirit of 1861--correspondence of General R. E. Lee. (search)
The spirit of 1861--correspondence of General R. E. Lee. [The following hitherto unpublished letters are of interest and value as Illustrating the spirit of the early days of the war.] Alexandria, April 23, 1861. My Dear Robert — The enclosed letter was written to me, as you will see, in consequence of a remark I made to Dr. Sparrow, which he repeated to the writer, Dr. May, that I hoped your connection with the Virginia forces — if you concluded to accept the command — might lead to some peaceful settlement of our difficulties. I hoped this from the friendship between yourself and General Scott. I have only time now to enclose you Dr. May's letter, and to offer my earnest prayer that God may make you instrumental in saving our land from this dreadful strife. In haste, yours truly, Cassius F. Lee. Colonel Lee. Theological Seminary of Virginia, April 22, 1861. My Dear Sir — I am sure of your sympathy with me in the motive of what I now write, even though you m