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    Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee Autograph Letter Signed, "S. P. Lee", one page, 5" x 8", Virginia waters, March 6, 1863, to "Major Genl. Smith, U.S.A.", Newport News, Virginia. The letter reads, "I send the 'Mount Washington' for you. The trip to the yard will take about four hors - if extended to Norfolk about two more. In the first case we can return and dine at 6, in the latter at 8 o'clk. Choose & say. Plates for three." With original envelope imprinted U.S. Flagship "Minnesota". Light toned paper, very fine condition.
    Samuel Lee, kin to Marse Robert, was a career naval officer who stayed true to the Union despite family roots deep in Virginia's aristocracy. The recipient of Lee's dinner invitation was William F. Smith, commanding the Ninth Army Corps.

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