Easton, Mo., March 16, 66

Gen. R. E. Lee:

                                    Sir 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 it.

            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.

                                                            Very respectfully

                                                                                    Your obt servt

                                                                                    Thos. J. Smith


Address, Capt. T. J. Smith




Notation of front page in General Lees handwriting:

Capt. T. J. Smith

Wants agency to sell Cam

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Ansd: 29 Mar