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    Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed "R. E. Lee" as President of Washington College, one page, 7.75" x 9.75". Lexington, Va., May 11, 1867. To John A. Sims, with original 5.5" x 3" postmarked envelope addressed by Lee to "John A. Sims Esqr./Memphis/Tennessee," 3¢ Washington stamp affixed. In part, "In compliance with your request of the 4th Inst I enclose the Treasurers statement of the accounts of your Sons in support of which he refers to the vouchers in his possession, his checks in payment of same on the Bank of Lexington. He informs me that he gave Mr Eskrige a receipt for the money he deposited with him, upon the reception of the $100 from yourself, he deposited it to the credit of your sons & informed them of it. He also gave them his receipt for their portion of said deposit...I regret that your Sons have suffered so much from chills-fever...I presume this mountain climate will in time eradicate the disease. Hoping they may soon recover." Accompanied by a one page manuscript document, 8.5" x 14", headed "James K. Edmondson Depositary Washington College/In account with John W. Sims." The lower portion is headed "Same/In account with George W. Sims," the total amount paid for each son was $125. Mr. Eskrige is identified as the boys' grandfather. Lieutenant Colonel James K. Edmondson, 27th Virginia Regiment, was Treasurer of Washington College. Also present is a brochure about the college, three pages, 8" x 10", front and verso. Browned at upper edge of first page and on fourth blank page. "1867" penciled at upper right of first page. Lee's letter is lightly penned. All four items are in fine condition. General Robert E. Lee served as President of Washington College from 1865-1870. After his death in 1870, the college was renamed Washington and Lee University.

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