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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Washington College, Lexington, Va.

June 26, 1869


Hugh Blair Grigsby, LL.D.

Charlotte, C. H., Va.


Dear Sir:

The Trustees of Washington College at their late meeting, passed a Resolution instructing me, as President of the College, to invite you on their behalf “to deliver at Washington College on the day preceding the next annual Commencement (24th June 1870) an address commemorative of the Founders and Trustees of Liberty Hall Academy.

It gives me great pleasure to communicate this Resolution, and to add my own hope that you will accept the invitation. I will also express, on behalf of the faculty, the further hope that you may find it convenient so to extend the scope of the address as to embrace the interesting history of Washington College itself, after it had received its present name. Such a subject cannot fail to be interesting in your hands, and your address would form a valuable contribution to the history of Virginia, already so much indebted to your labors. I am, dear Sir,

Very Respectfully,

R E Lee


[Copy made from original belonging to W. S. Morton, Charlotte Court House, Virginia, 1925 July 24. Written in the hand of a clerk, signed by General Lee]




Source: Typed copy, Robert E. Lee Papers, 1829-1937, Swem Library Special Collections, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 April 2

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