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    Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed "R E Lee". Two pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8.25", Lexington, April 30, 1867. A letter to Cornelius Boyle, former Confederate Provost Marshal, declining use of his name for a business venture: "... I wish you every success in your undertaking of rebuilding Warrenton Springs, & should be glad to give you all the aid I can. As regards the use of my name as one of your references, I have been obliged to refuse so many similar applications from comrades & friends, that I cannot now depart from the rule I have been compelled to adopt, as I found it impossible to reply to letters of inquiry or relating to them & their business. Hoping that your efforts to earn and honorable support & benefit your fellow citizens may be crowned with success."

    Also known as Fauquier White Sulphur Springs, this resort was a popular destination for many in Washington before the war. Like the Roman baths in Bath, England, people would come here to drink the mineralized water for health benefits. Unfortunately, the Civil War raged all around the area, and by the end of the war, the resort and springs were in ruins. Boyle spent a few years rebuilding the Springs, before selling it in 1871. Ironically, the Spring would be fully restored with the help of Robert E. Lee's nephew, Fitzhugh Lee in 1877. Ex. Boyle Family Papers.

    Condition: Lightly toned, with small stain at top margin. Light dampstaining to integral blank.

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