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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Robert E. Lee, Union Generals

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2001, Robert E. Lee, Union GeneralsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl." at top right of buff cover addressed in his hand to "Miss Stuart, at Mr. [Hidin?] Orange C.H.", with original contents written in Lee's hand, datelined "Orange 25 Decr. '63" and signed "R E Lee", cover missing top flap, contents expertly conserved


The letter reads:

"My dear Cousin Margaret, I take advantage of a few quiet moments this holy ? to write to you, for the thought of you always brings me pleasure & adds to my Causes of gratitude to our merciful God for all the blessings bestowed upon me. I have recently returned from Richmond, where I thought much of you & wished for your presence that afforded so much pleasure to my former visit. I caught glimpses of Sweet Carrie but she was so surrounded by her little because that little could be got from her. But there was one tall one with her, a signal man, of that voracious family of Randolphs, whom I threatened with Castle Thunder. I did not see her look at Rob once. But you know he is to take her home on certain conditions. I hope your mother has given her Consent & that the Cakes are baking. I also saw happy Mrs. Ada. Her face was luminous with Content & she looked as if she thought there was but one person in the world. Mrs. Randolph was as handsome as ever & she was as kind & sweet as she is beautiful. Nothing more can be said for her. Mrs. R is much better & looks indeed quite well. But I was ? at the Condition in which I found your poor Cousin Mary. She is now a great sufferer, Cannot walk at all & can scarcely move. But Mildred has returned and I hope now she has all her daughter with her she will be more Comfortable. She is going to move to my old quarters, next to Mrs. Randolph's. Go down and help dispense the Club. The members are all aghast. Curtis says he cannot be married now till six months after the ratification of peace. The day in which all the public dues are payable-So you will have to wait Maggie-I left Richmond with a sad heart. Charlotte who was so well on me arrived looking like herself again, so cheerful affectionate & sweet, was taken sick two or three days before my departure & completely prostrated. She sounds ? weak though somewhat ? the night before I left. The change between my arrival & departure was so sudden & unexpected to me that I am filled with sadness, Yet can do nothing. I pray she may be relieved, you must give a great deal of love to your father & mother for me. May every happiness attend you all, & may a kind God in his infinite mercy before the return of the anniversary of this blessed day, give us our independance & restore us to peace and happiness. Truly & affy your Cousin, R E Lee"

Margaret and Mary Stuart were Lee's wife's second cousins, and they were close in age to his own daughters.

E. 10,000-15,000
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2002, Robert E. Lee, Union GeneralsHenry W. Halleck, Henry W. HalleckHenry W. Halleck. Cover signed "H. W. Halleck Genl. in Chief" and addressed "To the President" with "Important" at left, docketed at right in Lincoln's hand "Gen. Halleck", missing top flap and small piece out at top right from opening, Very Fine and scarce, especially desirable with Lincoln's docketing, Halleck was General in Chief (today's equivalent of Chief of Staff) before Grant assumed command

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2003, Robert E. Lee, Union GeneralsGeorge B. McClellan, George B. McClellanGeorge B. McClellan. Free frank "Geo. B McClellan Maj. Genl." on "Head-Quarters of the Army, Official Business" semi-official imprint cover addressed to "His Excellency the President, Executive Mansion" and with "Personal" at upper left, few minor stains, Very Fine and rare free frank from McClellan to Lincoln

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2004, Robert E. Lee, Union GeneralsGeorge B. McClellan, George B. McClellanGeorge B. McClellan. Free frank "Geo. B McClellan Maj. Genl. Cmg." on "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac, Official Business" legal-size cover addressed to "His Excellency Abraham Lincoln, Presdt. U.S., Washington D.C.", neat "Old Point Comfort Va. Apr. 22" double-circle datestamp, missing top flap and part of side flaps, few vertical file folds and edgewear well away from free frank, still Very Fine, this must be an 1862 use since McClellan commanded the Army of the Potomac from July 26, 1861 to Nov. 6, 1862

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2005, Robert E. Lee, Union GeneralsWilliam Seward, William SewardWilliam Seward. Free frank "William H. Seward" on "Department of State" semi-official imprint cover addressed to "The President", endorsed "Immediate" at lower left, missing top flap and top left corner clipped, someone has written "autographs" at left, still Fine and desirable use from Seward to Lincoln

E. 500-750
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