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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.40 (search)
veterans at length through the letter to Judge Christian. The incident is best described in the words of Captain McCabe himself. A writer in the London Times, in reviewing, in October, Sir George Trevelyan's American revolution, had made a bad blunder touching the ancestry of General Charles Lee, confounding the Cheshire family with that from which sprung the Lees of Virginia. The days of old. I wrote a letter to the Times correcting the blunder, and, fortunately, dated it from my London club, The Athenaeum. On the afternoon of the day on which it was published came to me a most cordial letter from Gerald Smythe, Esq., one of the solicitors for the London and Northwest Railway, stating that he would greatly like to meet me, and proposing that I should at once come to his home at Putney for luncheon or dinner, or, as they say in England, to dine and sleep. He wrote me that he was an ardent Confederate ; had long been a correspondent of Captain Robert E. Lee, of Romancoke