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,
on reverse in General lee’s handwriting:
14 Apl ‘66