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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
of cats, and his large yellow Tom was his constant attendant. Some of his household naturally grew fond of these animals, his son-in-law being among them. Lieutenant-Colonel Lee would not cut the skirt of his robe, as did Mohammed, to prevent disturbing his cat, which was sleeping on it, nor, like Cardinal Wolsey, give audience with a cat seated beside him, nor let his cat rest among his papers and books, as did Richelieu, nor wish a statue with his right hand resting on his cat, as did Whittington, the famous Lord Mayor of London, but he liked to see a well-fed puss, such as Gray described in his ode On the death of a favorite cat : Her conscious tail her joy disclosed, The fair round face, the snowy beard, The relish of her paws; Her coat that with the tortoise vies, Her ears of jet and emerald eyes, She saw and purr'd applause. From Fort Brown, Texas, February 16, 1857, he tells Mrs. Lee: Tell your father Mrs. Colonel Waite has a fine large cat which she takes with her e