r written by Captain R. E. Lee to his brother, Sidney Smith Lee, of the navy.
It is dated City of Mexico, 4thnner about various family and and social matters, Captain Lee says:
Your commendations upon the conduct od be generous in exercising it.
We have said that Lee's friendship for Scott, thus begun, grew stronger as rikingly brought out in the circumstances under which Lee, despite the remonstrances of Scott, resigned his comng the earlier stages of the secession excitement Colonel Lee was with his regiment in Texas, and under date ofnative Virginia.
If any influence could have swerved Lee from his purpose, it was his friendship for his comma General Scott, I found, soon after his death, in General Lee's private letter book, in his own well-known handor Cameron had stated on the floor of the Senate that Lee had sought to obtain the chief command of the army, adent Union man—repelled the charge, and thereupon General Lee wrote him as follows:
Lexington, Va., Februar