<br /> Lee Letter: wl079

Washington and Lee University

Recipient: Robert E.Lee


Being desirous of sending my nephew, Mr. Francis Dumarchait, to the Military Institute of Lexington, and knowing no agents for the same in this city, I would respectfully beg you to enclose a prospectus of the Academy directed to me.

Having been educated at the University of Va, I have been taught to appreciate the superior advantages of it’s educational system, and as a matter of predeliction for the great and honored name which you bear, enshrined as it is in the hearts of every true Southren; I feel deeply desirous that my friends & relatives should be called to the blessings of that Institution where are taught those manly virtues, of which you fit the pattern & illustrious example. Deem me not fulsome Genl – as an old soldier of yours and one whom an aged mother, as she sped me to the front, enjoined to love & reverence, I must speak as I feel – The young man, who will soon be one of your scholars, is tractable, anxious to learn & full of commendable ambition – The hope & stay of a widowed mother, I recommend him specially to your kind offices – With renewed assurances of my highest regards & profound respect I remain respectfully

Your obdt Servt

Chas O. DeLahoussaye
New Orleans La.


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Addressed to General Lee, “Presdt of Lexington Mil. Instit.” Endorsed by Lee: “Louisiana 10 Feb 66 Chas: O. DeLahussaye in reference to his nephew Ansd 19 Feb.”