<br /> Lee Letter: wl064

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Kennerly, Jr.
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Dr Sir,

On Tuesday the 16th of this month, (January) We opened a new Masonic Lodge in this place, and named it Lee Lodge, in honor of yourself, not with the view of raising a monument to your name, or of perpetuating the remembrance of your enviable fame, – for these are enshrined in the heart of a grateful and noble people, but that we, as a Masonic Lodge, might bear the name of one so illustrious, shine with some of the light reflected by the brightness thereof, and emulate his glorious example.

The question is often asked, is Genl Lee a free Mason? Will you be so kind Genl, as to answer that question for me,

If your are a Mason, and can, by any means spare the time, in any of your passing visits along the V.C. R.R. Stop at Waynesboro and meet with us in our Lodge, I, as the Master of the Lee Lodge, give you a cordial invitation, Drop me a note, at least a week before hand, apprising me of the time of your visit, so that I may summon the Lodge, If you are not a Mason, I wish you were, We would esteem it a high privilege and a great pleasure to meet you in our Lodge, With much esteem, I am

your Obt Servant

Saml. Kennerly Jr

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Addressed “Hermitage Va Jan 27, 66 Genl. R. E. Lee Lexington Va.” Endorsed by Lee: “Saml Kennerly Jr says a new Masonic Lodge has been opened at Waynesboro – & called The Lee Lodge Ansd 30 Jan.”