<br /> Lee Letter: wl095

Washington and Lee University

Sender: C. Newton
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Gen

Indeed I feel myself greatly honored that I have been chosen for a certain purpose which I take so great pride in attending to and which although finds me rather unqualified to be communicating with one of the first rank of the world but at the same time I hope that you will think nothing of my capacity in that respect on this present occasion.

Allow me to inform you that you have been unanimously elected as an honorary member of a debating society which we have formed called after you, “The Lee Society” and let me still further assure you Gen that your name had not more than been presented to the society that it met with the affecting voice of all and now could I have had a thousand voices to have spoken they would have most assuredly been for you most noble man.

C. Newton/Secretary

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “10 March ’66 C. Newton Notifies election as honorary member of the Society La: State Seminary Ansd: 21 Mar.”