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
R E Lee
Longstreet, Owen & Co.
Note: This letter appears on page 273 of R. E. LEE by Douglas Southall Freeman