<br /> Lee Letter: wl144

Washington and Lee University

Sender: R. V. Richardson
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Dear Sir:

This circular explains the effort made by myself to introduce foreign capital into the South. I am a Southern man; was a Col. & Brig. Genl. of Cavalry in the Confederate Army. I desire to show abroad that my efforts meet the approbation of leading Southern men. May I refer to you as a friend and approver of the introduction of Foreign capital and Emigrants in to the South. I return to New York in a few days to organize a Leading House. A Virginia Charter has been called to my attention, which, if it may begotten, I expect to use; and in that event, the principal office, and main center of motion will be transferred to Richmond.

Please address me to the care of Royal Ball 175 Broadway New York. I have the honor to be

yours very respectfully

R. V. Richardson
of Memphis Tennessee


Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

This letter was written on a “Circular To Cotton Planters in Memphis, Tennessee,” 26 April 1866. Endorsed by Lee: “2 May 1866 R. V. Richardson wishes to introduce foreign Capital & labor into the Country & desires references to Southern men 9 May declined.”