Quotation by Elizabeth Blair Lee

The President's proclamation took the breath out of me this morning. He is in the hands of the Phillistines [sic] ...
Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818–?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated September 23, 1862 (1991).

Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War, and she wrote this in a letter to him. She was referring to President Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which he had issued the day before. It declared free, as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in those areas that were still fighting the Union.
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