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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 Va: 23 Novr 1869


The death of Profr Frank Preston, a distinguished graduate & late Asst: Profr of Greek in this college, has caused the deepest sorrow in the hearts of the Faculty and members of the Institution. Endowed with a mind of rare capacity which had been enriched by diligent study & careful cultivation, he stood among the first in the state in his pursuit in life. We who so long & intimately professed his acquaintance & so fully enjoyed the privilege of his companionship, feel specially his loss & grieve profoundly at his death: and we heartily sympathize with his parents and relations in their great affliction & truly participate in the deep sorrow that has befallen them.

With a view of testifying the esteem felt for his character and the respect due to his memory, all academic exercises will be suspended for the day: and the Faculty & students are requested to attend in their respective bodies his funeral services at the Presbyterian church at Eleven O’Clock to pay the last sad tribute of respect to his earthly remains while cherishing in their hearts his many virtues.

Profs White & Allan will make the necessary arrangements in behalf of the college.

R E Lee            Pres 




Source: Scan of original letter, The Papers of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1870, University of Virginia Special Collections, Charlottesville

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 7

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