June 28th 1870
Mr B. L. Willingham
I have the pleasure of communicating to you the action of the Faculty of Washington College commanding your son Calder B. Willingham for his regular attendance upon his college duties, and for his industry and improvement in his studies during the late session.
With best wishes for his future welfare
I am, Resp’y
R E Lee
Source: Facsimile of original, vertical files, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 February 10
 Benjamin Lawton Willingham (1829-1898) was born in Lawtonville, South Carolina. He married Elizabeth Martha Baynard (1830-1887). They married in Savannah and lived on a plantation on the Savannah River near Allendale called “Gravel Hill.” They had seventeen children.