<br /> Lee Letter: wl043

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George L. Washington
Recipient: Robert E. Lee


I am desirous of obtaining a Tutorship at Washington College, and deem it proper to address my application to yourself. The war has left me, like every body else, without means or employment and I wish to procure such a position as may afford me at the same time subsistence and a possibility of fitting myself for a liberal profession. Employment at an institution of learning would, I think, most subserve the ends I have in view, and with no other College would I rather be connected that with that of which you are President

I would propose to myself to teach Latin and French or Spanish languages , or either or all. I feel competent to instruct in either. With regard to Greek and Mathematics I would require some time to recall what I have lost, before I could conscientiously offer to instruct in either.

I was educated at the University of North Carolina, when I obtained the first distinction in every department and would be pleased, if desired, to offer testimonials from the President of faculty. I should add that the war did not permit me to graduate. In the Army I served on the Staffs of Brig Genl W. S. Walker of Miss, Stephen Elliott of So Carolina and Mjr Gen Hoke of this State, to either of whom would refer you for information as to character & general capacity. –

With regard to salary, I am fully aware of the impoverishment of the Country and therefore of all Colleges & institutions and would only desire sufficient to afford me subsistence and an opportunity to pursue quietly my legal studies.

I trust, Gen. that this application may not only meet your approval, but that it may be in your power to grant it. I have the honor to be With much respect

Yr. Obdt. Sevt

Geo: L. Washington


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “16 Jan 66 Major Geo. L. Washington applies for Tutorship in Latin French & Spanish Languages Ansd 29 Jany ’66.”