Lexington VA: 26 Jany >66




I am much obliged to you for your business card, & the pleasure it has afforded me, to know that you have entered into partnership.  I know you will do your work well, & please myself therefore with the prospect of your great success.


I wrote your Senior, a few days since at AA Mason Mississippi@, & hope he will receive my letter, & do not consider my partnership with him yet dissolved, &  shall not let go him during life.


Wishing you all happiness & prosperity, I am with great affection


Your obtservt

R E Lee


Longstreet, Owen & Co.

New Orleans


Note: This letter appears on page 273 of R. E. LEE by Douglas Southall Freeman