June 28th 1866
My dear Genl.,
I am truly grateful to you for your very kind letter & for the interest you expressed
in "The Land We Love." We can't send you an "acre," but we would like to send you a
bushel or more done up in paper parcels and directed to "paid subscribers' at Monticello.
I hope that you will have received your portion of the bushel before you get this letter &
that you will recognize the Confederate fragrance of the soil.
We have some six thousand subscribers, but they are paying so badly as to excite
some apprehension. The country is so miserably impoverished that those who have the
best intentions cannot meet their liabilities.
Genl., I am very desirous to get your unpublished Reports & any authentic facts
of the war which have not been made public. It is important to vindicate the truth of
history and we must not let the Yankee account of this struggle go down to posterity. I
wish to make the magazine the organ of the Army & to embody in it the glorious deeds of
the noblest soldiers the sun ever shone upon. If officers & men will only furnish the
facts, we can present a noble array of noble deeds of daring and devotion to principle.
Genls Johnston, Lee, Beauregard, Longstreet, Buckner, and others have promised me
Reports. The July number will contain a paper from Beauregard & one from Longstreet.
Hampton has promised me a Report at an early day, though he seems to be very busy.
Mrs. Anderson never saw me; else she would not have made the request for a
photograph. None of my acquaintances ask for such a thing. Tell her that I dislike to
refuse a lady, but compliance with her wishes would not add to her engagement. I trust,
therefore, that she will excuse me. Besides, the thing is impracticable. I have always
shunned photograph galleries & I think that this piece of practical wisdom demonstrates
my fitness to conduct a practical magazine.
With sentiments of high regard,
I am your friend,
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.