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    Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed as president of Washington College, one page, 7.75" x 9", Lexington, June 29, 1869, to a Dr. James M. Cabell inviting him to attend a meeting. He writes: "The Educational association of Virginia is to meet here on the 13th Prox --. It will give us much pleasure if you will come stay with us. A room will be reserved for you...." Apparently Dr. Cabell's response was hand delivered by Lee's daughter as evidenced by the docket on the verso: "Rec'd July 1st. Ansd. July 2 by his daughter Miss Mildred Lee who had been on a visit to my house". Lee was offered the post of president at Washington University in October of 1865, a position he filled until his death. His five year tenure brought a great transformation to the school, which went from being a small and undistinguished college to one of the top schools in the country attracting young men from both the North and South.

    The letter has the usual mail folds, and is very lightly and evenly toned, boasting bold ink. There are tiny mounting remnants at each corner on the verso, otherwise in near fine condition. Offered with a cabinet card of Lee bearing an M. Miley & Son photographic stamp.

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