beg leave to intrude upon you for the purpose of laying before you a matter
which concerns me very much, and which I hope will meet with your approval.
I have collected the materials for a narration of your services as
Commander of the Southern Armies, and I desire to prepare it as soon as
I wrote during the War “A Life of Lieut. Gen T. J. Jackson.” by an
Ex-cadet, which went through two editions.
I have lost everything by the War, and I am here now fulfilling a
literary engagement – I am anxious to return to my home in Maryland, and have
thought such a book as I propose to write will enable me to do so
Yet I have thought it best to ask if such a course would be disagreeable
to you, and I write now for that purpose. If
it does not meet with your approval I will give up the plan.
Should you desire to learn anything concerning me I can refer to you to
Col Thomas P. August of Richmond.
Be kind enough, General to reply at your earliest convenience
My address is 29 Sharon St. Boston.
James D.McCabe Jr
R. E. Lee
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
15 May 1866
D. McCabe Jr