Warrenton, VA: July 26, 1885. Ink manuscript on lined paper. Folio sheet, folded to  pp, printed on rectos only. A couple of ink smudges, one expertly repaired closed tear [no loss]. Very Good.
"My dear Dr. I have just read your letter anent the Hampton Roads conference, & cannot refrain from sending you my thanks for vindicating the truth & doing justice to that great & grand old Man Jefferson Davis. It was only last week, that in writing to old Jubal about the lying, the fawning & degeneracy of our people, I expressed my regret at his advancing years & the impunity with which the liars & sycophants would enter the field of history. I am rejoiced however to see, that truth has one loyal sentry left on post, that there are men alive who KNOW & appreciate the noble, & who have the courage to defend them.
"Nothing indicates more thoroughly the degradation of the people, than the servile gush on poor Grant [whom I admire and pity too] and the cowardly attempt to fasten our own follies & failures upon Jefferson Davis-- the Confederacy fell because the soldiers who were in the muster rolls, were not present in the battle fields. Had one half of the absentees been present at Gettysburg with their gallant comrades, today, you would be keeping the records of 'the Great Man' in some office in Washington, & the 'unaccounted for' would not be getting on our not having surrendered quickly enough. I for one, rejoice that we fought it out to the last & surrendered a ragged half-starved handful, 'who had not enough blood in their veins to stain the swords of their conquerors.'
"Many thanks to you my dear Dr. I hope to see you under my roof again. Pardon my hasty letter. | Very truly yours | William H. Payne."
William H. Payne [1830-1904] was a lawyer and Confederate Brigadier General. He studied law at the University of Virginia and was Commonwealth Attorney of Fauquier County. During the Civil War, he commanded the 4th Virginia Cavalry at Williamsburg where he was severely wounded and captured. He was later exchanged to the 2d North Carolina Cavalry which he accompanied to Chancellorsville. He was again captured and imprisoned during Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's raid at Gettysburg. He was exchanged and appointed Brigadier General in November, 1864. After the war, he resumed his law practice and served as general counsel for the Southern Railway Co.
Rev. John William Jones [1836-1909] was a Confederate Chaplain and a friend of Robert E. Lee. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was preaching at a local Baptist church in Virginia when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted as a private in the 13th Virginia Regiment and became the regiment's chaplain and later a missionary chaplain to the Confederate Army. After the war, he was campus minister at Washington and Lee University, the University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina. Item #36308