Mo., March 16, ‘66
R. E. Lee:
– I have seen it stated in several newspapers lately that there would shortly
be issued from a publishing house in New York, your history of the late war, or
of your campaigns. Such a book
written by yourself, would be in great demand
among the Southerners in this State.
If the arrangement could be made either with you or the publishers, I
would like to have the exclusive right to sell it in this State, or a portion of
I was an officer in the 37th Va. Inf. of your army during the
war, and as a member of the Va Legislature at the time of the surrender.
The best of references can be given if required.
I am now teaching a common school for a support, and desire a more active
as well as more lucrative employment. A
reply at your earliest convenience will be duly appreciated.
Your ob’t servt
Thos. J. Smith
Capt. T. J. Smith
of front page in General Lee’s handwriting:
T. J. Smith
agency to sell Cam