Lexington VA: 24 Nov 1869
My dear Sir
Col: Jeremiah Morton, a gentleman of high social standing & well known in Virginia, who has filled many public offices in his native State & was a member of Congress from Vt: for some years before 1860; informs me that he is about to visit the North to call the attention of men of capital to the great value of the mineral, timber & agricultural resources of W. Virginia. He desires to have it in his power to refer to some gentlemen of prominence at the North, for the information of those who may require it; as to his social position at the South, & I venture to trespass upon your kindness so far as to introduce him to your acquaintance, in the belief that you will find him as I have represented
With kindest regards to Mrs Niven & your daughter, I am with great respect
R E Lee
Genl A. C. Niven - Monticello - N. Y.