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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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Tne evening a correspondent of the New York "Herald" paid him a visitfor the purpose of securing an interview. The General was courteousand polite, but very firm. He stood during the interview, and finallydismissed the reporter, saying:

"I shall be glad to see you as a friend, but request that the visitmay not be made in your professional capacity."

The same correspondent had tried to interview him, for his paper,while he was in Baltimore, but had failed.

My father was much amused at an occurance that took place during thisvisit. Late one afternoon a visitor was announced. As the Generalwas very tired, Uncle Smith Lee volunteered to relieve him. Thevisitor was found to be an Irishwoman, very stout and unprepossessing,who asked if she could see the General. The Admiral bowed, intimatingthat he was the desired person, when she said:

"My boy was with you in the war, honey, and I must kiss you for hissake." And with that she gave the Admiral an embrace and a kiss.Mr. Cassius Lee, to whom he told this, suggested that he should takeGeneral Fitz. Lee along to put forward in such emergencies.

My father's first letter after his return to Lexington was thefollowing:

"Lexington, Virginia, May 11, 1869.

"My Dear Fitzhugh: I reached here last Saturday, bringing Agnes andMiss Peyton with me from Staunton. Found everybody well and Custisbetter. I had, upon, the whole, a pleasant visit, and was particularlyglad to see again our old friends and neighbours in Alexandria andvicinity; though should have preferred to enjoy their company in amore quiet way. Your Uncle Smith came up to meet me, and your AuntNannie and Fitz. were there. I had not seen them since I partedfrom them in Richmond after the war. I wish I could have visitedyou and Rob and have seen my daughter and grandson; but that pleasure,I trust, is preserved for a future day. How is the little fellow?I was much relieved after parting from you to hear from the doctorsthat it was the best time for him to have the whooping-cough, in whichopinion the 'Mim' concurs. I hope that he is doing well. BishopWhittle will be here Friday next and is invited to stay with us.There are to be a great many preparatory religious exercises thisweek. A great feeling of religion pervades the young in thecommunity, especially at the Virginia Military Institute. All sendlove.

"Your affectionate father,

"R. E. Lee."