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    Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Autograph Letter Protesting "Cruel Treatment." Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages, recto and verso, Norfolk, May 22, 1807. To a Judge. In fine condition. With a steel engraving of Lee in uniform. Certainly Lee was a brilliant and dashing soldier - he won one of only eight medals voted by Congress during the Revolutionary war. But off the battlefield he lived far beyond his means and hadn't the slightest head for business: his ineptitude as a planter, and disastrous speculations in real estate, would eventually land him in debtor's prison. Here we see the gallant fighter -- and father of a newborn son, Robert E. Lee -- try to save himself from going under. "I have been here for some days with the expectation of ascertaining & closing the difficulties which I experience in consequence of the incomplete title sent me... to 4000 acres of the dismal swamp land. I had sold the land but the gentleman who purchased it will not accept the deed as some of the land is already lost & 4000 acres never can be laid off in one body. I do hope as friendship had the chief influence with me in my two transactions with my much respected & beloved departed friend, so his representatives... will be so good to save me... by making to me immediate compensation... This is cruel treatment." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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