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May 25, 1940

Lee on the Levee: An Historical Novel

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By Ralph Cannon. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 188. New York: Saravan House, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2145. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210077038

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Robert E. Lee as a young lieutenant in the engineering corps of the United States Army was ordered to St. Louis in 1837 to supervise work on the Mississippi River which would deepen the channel at St. Louis. During a part of this period of service, Lee's family and Dr. William Beaumont's family both lived in the mansion of Governor William Clark on the water front. The author has made a delightful story out of the association of these two famous families at that time, which gives a glimpse into the social life, the efficient and methodical ways in which Lieutenant Lee conducted his engineering work, and a brief account of the renowned physiologic experiments of Dr. Beaumont. The Canadian voyageur Alexis St. Martin is said to have lived with Dr. Beaumont and performed the duties of acting as servant at some of the social occasions described. The basis of

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