Robert E. Lee Handwritten Letter Signed
Category: Civil War
Item Number: 10600
Robert E. Lee
Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Early Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, oblong octavo., Washington, dated March 6, 1833. In part:
"...If you can use advantageously to your business the Interest. of the $9600..on the 8th trust. I will thank you to do so. And in order to make an even sum I have added $844. As will be done by the above check. My wish is for the whole amount to be returned at the same time as the date I mentioned in the deed Let me know if this arrangement is perfectly convenient to you. I had intended to have mentioned it to you before but always forgot it. I will bring the deed in with me one of these days and get you to arrange it." Signed " Yours very truly and in haste, R.E. Lee".
Lee was came from one of the most prestigious and wealthiest families in the South. As this document shows, he was transferring huge amounts of money, I believe $9600 before the Civil War would translate into millions today. The letter is entirely in Lee's hand. Ink just a tad lightened.