<br /> Lee Letter: wl098

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Rathmell Wilson
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

On Saturday last I forwarded from Newark, Delaware Six Boxes of Books marked as follows. (Via Washington & Gordonsville)

Washington College Lexington, Va
Care of Mr Edward Echols
Lynchburg, Virginia.

They are part of a Library left by my late Brother Thomas B. Wilson; which I desire to present to your Institution, and comprise works on various subjects. I think it will be a valuable addition to your collection. You will please accept them as a slight evidence of my sincere desire for the success of Washington College.

In the course of a few months I hope to have ready to forward to you, three to four hundred vols more, to add to the donation.

The only condition I request is that proper care be taken of them and that it be called “The Wilson Contribution to the Library of Washington College,” in honor of my lamented Brother: I have left his Book plate in them to distinguish them from other volumes.

I have also placed in one of the Boxes a memoir of his life and character issued by one of the societies of which he was a member.

Should there be any delay or error in the receipt of the proper No. of Boxes, please advise me. with much respect

I am yours etc

Rathmell Wilson
919 Clinton Street

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “12 March ’66 Rathmell Wilson Sends six boxes of Books – Says three or four hundred more Vols: will be forwed Ansd 26 March.”