Inscription by Douglas Southall Freeman
In a note dated June 29, 1915, historian Douglas Southall Freeman inscribes a copy of his book Lee's Dispatches to John Stewart Bryan, publisher of the Richmond News Leader. (At the time, Freeman served as editor of that newspaper.) The book consists of previously unpublished letters by Confederate general Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate War Department—letters, Freeman says, he annotated "with reverent hands." The historian refers to Lee as "our great chieftain" and notes that the general was the incarnation of the "ideals of courtesy, of constancy and of service"; in turn, Freeman says that Bryan shares those same qualities.