DescriptionRobert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed and Envelope. 7.75" x 9.75", one page letter written in Lee's hand to a Mr. Oscar B. Hough, Washington, D.C., November 8, 1869, in full:
"I have rec'ed the copy of 'Murrays Grammar' which you kindly returned to me in the supposition that it was taken from Arlington. I do not recognize it & am inclined to think that it belonged to the Fairfaxs, the name of one of whom I find on the title page. I will endeavor to return it to them. Best Wishes, R.E.Lee".
Union forces gained control of the Arlington estate after Lee and his family were forced to abandon it, and many souvenirs were taken from the library. It is probable that Hough believed he was returning one of Lee's stolen books to him.
Condition: Letter is in good condition with only a few light stray ink stains and uneven tonight with light mat burn. Partial separations along mail folds have been repaired on verso with tape. Original envelope, which retains stamp and handwritten address, had been torn open, resulting in paper loss. Has been professionally restored.
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