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Lexington VA: 26 Jany >66

 

Gentn

 

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