Lexington Va: 2 Jany >66

 

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your letter of the 25 ulto: & for the information it contains.  I should like very much to obtain a copy of the narrative of Genl Breckenridge=s operations, which you are compiling for him; & request that you will send it to me, if he has no objections, as it would reach me more certainly from Kentucky than from Canada.  May I ask you then to obtain his permission should it be necessary til my records, reports, orders etc were destroyed in the retreat from Petersburg, & I am endeavoring to replace them.  Such of my reports etc were published in Richmond by the Confederate Congress I have discovered; but should you have in your possession any of my official letters, orders etc, of interest, I would be much obliged to you if you would send me copies-

I am very glad to learn a mode of communication with Genl Breckenridge, & will take advantage of it-

I return the notes mailed to me some days since & am glad to hear that their miscarriage occasioned no inconvenience.  I soon dis- (Page 2) covered from the note signed by you, that they were not intended for me, & conjecture that the mistake occurred in the manner you described.  I would have returned them before, but did not know your direction -

With great respect

I am very truly yours

 

R E Lee

 

Major I Stoddard Johnston