"four old friends"

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"four old friends" Confederate General Robert E. Lee's nickname for the four fountain pens he carried through the war. When his cousin, Martha Curtis Williams sent him new pens just after the war ended, Lee wrote her on June 24, 1865, that "you have forced me to give my four old friends, that have continued with me in heat & cold, care & danger, to wounded rebels, & replace them by new ones. It gives me acute pain to part with old friends, though in this case, I may be the gainer."

From The Language of the Civil War by John D. Wright page 118.
 
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