18 July 1866
I have had the honour to receive your letter of the 10th Inst: informing me, that the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, had been conferred on me by the Faculty & Board of Trustees of Mercer University of Georgia.
I return my sincere thanks for this undeserved mark of the esteem of the Faculty Trustees of Mercer University.
I am with great respect
R E Lee
Source: Mercer University, facsimile of original, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 February 5