<br /> Lee Letter: wl233

Washington and Lee University

Sender: T. R. Slicer
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Honored Sir:

Your connection with the Washington (Va.) College has brought to my mind the suggestion, that perhaps I could enlist your attention and obtain your aid in forwarding the great Life – Work, stretching now before me.

Having made Elocution a special study for the past five years, I am endeavoring to obtain a position, which shall enable me to teach the study most delightful to me; and obtain time for a further prosecution of the preparation necessary before I enter upon the discharge of the higher duties to which God has most decidedly called me.

The bold manner, in which I have approached you, has been encouraged by the knowledge that you were a true and earnest man; and I know this to be a characteristic of all the few Earnest Lives who move among men that they tread under foot all “fawning” and flattery. I have felt better able to approach you with confidence from the fact of your already expressed friendship for my father, Rev. Henry Slicer.

If you can aid me in obtaining a position such as I have described you will add obligation to the great esteem of

Your Obedt. Servant

T. R. Slicer

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “2 May 1866 T. R. Slicer Baltimore applies for position of Instructor of Elocution Ansd: 8 May.”