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JD wrote:I wonder if, after The War, he ever thought about coming out here ?Lee fell in love with the West, during his assignments there.

In "Recollections and Letters of Robert E. Lee," by his son Captain Robert E. Lee, Jr., Marse Robert spoke several times of his wish to buy a small farm and take up the peaceful life of a farmer after the war.  Of course, he'd already lost Arlington.

He was offered the presidency of Washington College in Lexington, and was torn between his private wish and his duty.  He believed that healing the country depended on having educated young people, so he accepted the position and gave up the idea of farming.

That didn't stop him, however, from lecturing his sons about how to fertilize and plant, etc.  Robert Jr. bought a run-down place near White House Landing on the York River.  He struggled with poor soil and bad luck, never really made a go of it.  Hence he got a large collection of paternal advice from the would-be farmer.

Just another side of that most fascinating of men.

Patty

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