HOUSE OF BRANCH, SONS & CO
Augusta, Ga. Feby 15th 1866
R. E. Lee
Sir. One of Georgia’s fairest
daughters begs me to write you & request one of your “carte de viste”
with yr autograph. It is
unnecessary for me to say that yr name is a household word of love, gratitude,
& respect, in this state, as in your own.
For myself I am proud to assure you, that as for four years, I am still
yrs to command & with warmest admiration, I beg to subscribe myself.
Yr obt sevt T. P. Branch
reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
15 Feb ’66
21 Feb 66