Blount & Chipley
Grocers and Commission Merchants,
Columbus, Ga. Mch 7 1867
Col Walter H Taylor
It becomes my pleasant duty as the representative of the ladies of Columbus for $1000 – the proceeds of same to be handed Mrs Jefferson Davis with all the love & Gods blessings that a devoted community can shower upon herself & her beloved & admired husband. This is but a beginning. Three times this amount is in hand but for obvious reasons will be sent in installments as rapidly as acknowledgments from Mrs Davis are received. Her reply you can enclose me. The ladies specially request that no publicity be given this enclosure or any that may follow. Gen Chilton assures me you will attend to this request with pleasure.
W. D Chipley
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.348
Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 13