Union Theo. Sem. Va.

                                                                                                May 14. 1866.

Dr. Sir.

 

                                                                        My attempted life of Jackson is about to appear:  and I see that the publisher, in his advertisement, has made a use of your name which requires some explanation to exculpate myself – He claims for the work the credit of review and correction by you.  This was unauthorized by me: and the only reference I have ever made to your name, in communicating with him, was that which was necessary, in directing him to insert the corrections suggested by you – I have felt some pain upon seeing this advertisement, because I feared that I might seem less grateful than I should be, for your kindness in the assistance given, in making a use of your authority which you might justly regard as unwarrantable.  Immediately on seeing the advertisement, I wrote to Messrs. Blelock & Co. protesting against thus connecting your name with my poor attempt, without your more express permission.  But I fear he has spread his advertisement broad cast over the country.  This comes of having dealings with a Yankee!  If you will believe, my dear Sir, that I am incapable of being guilty of an intentional impropriety towards you, I shall be somewhat consoled.

            I shall hope that you will not impose on yourself the trouble of a reply to this.

            Presuming to offer my best wishes for your happiness & success.

I am as ever.

                                                            Yr. obed.. Serv.

                                                                        R. L. Dabney

 

Gen. Ro. E. Lee

 

Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:

            14 May ‘66

Revd R. L. Dabney

says the announce

made by the publisher

that his life of Jack-

son have been

--?—Corrected

by me, was use

authorized

 

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