<br /> Lee Letter: wl052

Washington and Lee University

Sender: W. N. H. Smith
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Dear Sir

I have a son 18 years of age, whom I intend to send to some institution of learning and my attention has been directed to that over which you preside. My son’s education has been retarded by the war and his <illegible>, after attaining 17 years of age, with Military service.

May I trouble you to give me such information concerning Washington College, as will enable me to determine whether to send him to your care. I especially wish to know to what extent the pupils are under your control and discipline – the qualifications necessary for admission – the course of study, and the annual expenses. As a member of the Confed. Congress it was my pleasure to have some personal acquaintance with you and I have the highest opinion of an institution committed to your care and personal management. I am most respectfully

Your Obt. Servt

W. N. H. Smith

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “W. N. H. Smith in reference to College Ansd 27 Jany.”