<br /> Lee Letter: wl123

Washington and Lee University

Sender: C. B. Richardson
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

My dear Sr,

Your kind favor of the 2nd is in hand –

I am glad to hear of the safe arrival of the books for the library, and happy to know they will be of so much assistance to the Professors and students – It gives me real pleasure to be able to make this contribution –

I will forward the balance of the list as soon as it can be secured – It is my plan to carry out the offer I made a few weeks ago to give the library during the year $1000 – in books –

Respecting my offer to give to give a portion of the profits that may accrue from the sale of your volume, I did not deign making my donation until it was actually realized, and to this I presume you will have no objection – my offer is prompted simply by my interest in the College, and my desire to aid in restoring it to its former position – I should not be willing to do anything however in this matter, which would embarrass you in the least, but if I understand you right, your objection is only to my making any advances upon the sale of your volume –

As soon as I receive all the family portraits for your father’s “Memoir,” I will put them into the engravers hands.

The School Readers will be prepared with great care and thoroughness, and I regret you do not feel inclined to revise them – If the name of any competent person occurs to you, I would be very much obliged if you would send it to me when you are writing.

Very truly yrs

C. B. Richardson

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Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University