<br /> Lee Letter: wl025

Washington and Lee University

Sender: A. H. Gardner
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Gen –

Since your acceptance of the Presidency of Washington College I have been anxious to become a student of yours, but until now have been unable to do so – Father, as most Southerners, has lost the greater portion of his property, and I have felt a hesitancy to avail myself of his generous offer to send me to college – Of late he has become so persistent that I should complete my education, that I yield to his wish –

I hope you will not think that I underrate the advantages of an education; far from it, I fully appreciate its value, and am sufficiently anxious to avail myself of the present opportunity to complete my own –

I was in the Southern Army, and have not attended any school or college for two or three years, consequently am not as familiar with my studies as I would otherwise have been, but think that I can enter into Sophomore class half advanced – I feel that I have no time to lose. Please Gen, write to me at once, and let me know if I can enter your College, if I can, send me a circular etc, I wish to come on at once – If a recommendation is necessary I can get it from my last teacher – Yours

Most respect. –

N.B. My address is Selma, Ala

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “7 Jan 66 A H Gardner circular Ansd 29 Jan.”