Va. March 2, 1866
Robert E. lee
I take the liberty of enclosing you certain printed statements which may
interest you; since I understand that the party who has attempted a fraud on my
autorial rights has been boasting in New York that he has been selected as
publisher of a work you are preparing. If
you have ever contemplated such a work, I hope you may find it to your interest
not to give it to a man who has shown himself an adventurer in the publishing
line, and that his treatment of myself will induce you to make inquiries of his
resources and character, and of the claims which, I understand, he seeks to
establish on your confidence.
have written this in the interest of justice, and with a most sincere regard for
yourself and whatever literary enterprise you may favour the world with.
With greatest respect
Your Obedient Servant
Edwd. A. Pollard
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
2 March ‘66
is an item entitled: WARNING TO THE PUBLIC by Edward A. Pollard and a clipping
to the Editor of the New York News dated 23 FEB 1866 by Edward A. Pollard.