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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Washington College

Lexington Va

June 28th 1870


Mr B. L. Willingham[1]

Allendale S.C.

Dear Sir

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


[1] 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.

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