<br /> Lee Letter: w425

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: J. S. Campbell

My dear Mr Campbell

I recd this mng your letter of the 20t Inst: & have written by this days mail to Mr Ruffner, informing him of my opinion of your fitness in every way for the office of Supt: of schools for Rockbridge County & of my willingness for your appointment provided it should not interfere with your College duties. As he knows the time it would require to perform the duties of Supt: of Schools of the County, is acquainted with your present duties, I left him to judge.

I fear the compensation is so small that it will not remunerate you for your time & trouble, & as to the advantages, it will altogether depend upon the farms that the school system will receive from the profits.

I can see very clearly the advantage that you will be to the schools of Rockbridge, but am not so clear as the advantage the office will be to you in the College – If you wish the appt I hope that you will get it. If you will put the schools in charge of Miss Lucy they will do well. Remember me to her & Mrs Campbell, I am very much obliged to you for care of my family & your attention to my sick cow – I am glad that she is out of her misery – I expect to be in Staunton on the 30th & thence to return to Lexington – Most


R E Lee

Profr J. S. Campbell.


R. E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library

The letter’s envelope is addressed: “Profr J. S. Campbell Washington College Lexington Rockbridge Co. Virginia.”