<br /> Lee Letter: w279

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Joseph Henry

Sir

Your letter of the 10th of May last was recd to day. Washington College was on the distribution list of the Smithsonian Institution before the war, & recd I understand the Vols: issued up to 1859 –

These vols: were mutilated or destroyed at the time of the destruction of the library, but through the kindness of Mr. Rathmell Wilson of Phild, the first eleven Vols: issued by the Smithsonain Institution, have been recd & are now in the library – The College will be glad to receive any recent publications, & those hereafter issued. Their suitable & permanent preservation may be relied on. There are now 300 students at the College with a full corps of teachers –

Heavy packages had better be sent by the Alexd & Orange R.R. to Lynchburg, & thence by the Canal to Lexington. Light packages, or single Vols, may be sent by R.R. To Staunton & thence to Lexington by stage.

Very respy your obt servt

R E Lee

Profr Joseph Henry, Smithsonian Institution

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R. E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library