General Lee,

            Sir,

                        Having long admired with all the pardonable warmth of an English girl, your great and noble character both in peace and war, I venture (at the risk of intruding on your valuable time) do prefer a request, the fulfilling of which would be most gratifying to me.  The favor I solicit is your autograph, a gift which I should treasure most highly.  Believe me to be,

                                                            Respectfully yours

 

                                                                        Clara Banks

                                                            April 14th

 

                                                Princes Park

                                         Liverpool

 

                                                England

 

Notation on reverse in General lee’s handwriting:

            14 Apl ‘66

Miss Clara Banks

            of Liverpool

desires Autograph

 

Ansd: 2 May