Theo. Sem. Va.
May 14. 1866.
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
Presuming to offer my best wishes for your happiness & success.
am as ever.
Yr. obed.. Serv.
R. L. Dabney
Ro. E. Lee
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
14 May ‘66
R. L. Dabney
by the publisher
his life of Jack-
me, was use