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Monday, May 24, 2010

Anne Lee on the Importance of Writing Letters

Anne Hill Carter Lee (1773–1829), the mother of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, impressed upon her sons the importance of writing letters. She admonished her second son, Smith: "A man that cannot write a good letter on business or on the subject of familiar letters will make an awkward figure in every situation and will find himself greatly at a loss on any occasion. Indeed I cannot imagine how he could pass through life with satisfaction and respectability."

Smith Lee never took letter writing seriously; brother Robert did. He advised his youngest daughter: "It is said that our letters are good representatives of our minds . . . They certainly present a good criterion for judging the character of the individual. You must be careful that yours make as favorable an impression of you as I hope you will deserve."

Posted via email from Dei Gratia Rex

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