<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


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University