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    Interesting Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed in 1858 as He Ran the Family Plantation as Executor to the Estate of His Father-In-Law, George Washington Park Custis. Lee. Robert E. Confederate General. Autograph Letter Signed, 1 1/3 pages 4to, "Arlington near Alexa. Va.," May 26, 1858, to Wm. A. Winston. The death in October of 1857 of his father-in-law, George Washington Park Custis, interrupted Lee's military career. With no adult male member of the family at home at Arlington and Lee having been made executor of the old man's estate, which was in debt and badly tangled, Lee received an extended leave and became for a time a plantation manager, for such was necessary to put the family on a satisfactory financial footing. Among the simpler bequests of Custis' will, his daughter Mary Custis Lee had been given a life interest in Arlington, to pass on her death to his grandson, G. W. Custis Lee. The famed "White House" plantation in New Kent, County was left to Lee's second son, "Rooney", who like his father and older brother, was a U.S. Army officer. The Letter is apparently to the supervisor at "White House" and shows Lee in his responsibilities of 1858. He had received "...the articles mentioned to have been shipped -- viz. 1 hogshead & 1 box bacon, 1 bbl. fish & 3 hgs. lard. the dairy maid Rachel wrote to Mrs Lee that she had sent her a pot of butter of her own making, which has not come to hand, & which I mention as she would like to acknowledged it. I will sent to the R. R. Depot in Alexa. to inquire for it. I am glad to learn that the crops look favorably, & the work of the farms progress satisfactorily. I hope the excessive rains we have had here, may not injure them or prevent the completion of the mill...I inclose a letter from Dr. B. D. Roy, which will inform you of me...I have requested him to transmit the papers to you & must ask you to examine them in connection...with accts. in your hands. It is not my desire to take advantage of the circumstances he refers to, but to pay all just claims in your hands available for their payment -- otherwise, I can remit it to you. I wish to visit New Kent next month if possible, though I have some vexations to dispose of first..." Fine condition. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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