Robert E. Lee writes to his nephew

    Robert E. Lee Autograph Letter Signed "R E Lee." One page (written on recto and verso), 7.75" x 9.75", Lexington, Virginia, October 2, 1869. Following the Civil War, the beloved general of the Army of Northern Virginia accepted the presidency of Washington College (later renamed Washington and Lee University). Almost exactly one year before his death, Lee writes this letter to inform his nephew John of two possible employment positions, one with "Major Howard" (possibly Conway Howard) who had been an engineer in the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee notes that "Col: Clarke," another former engineer in the Army, had helped find the position. In part:

    "Last Summer I met Col: Clarke Esq. to whom I spoke about my desire to obtain a position for you. He said he had just recd a letter from Major Howard requesting him to send him an asst. of gentlemanly Character &c & he thought that you would answer his purpose as I . . . [illegible] that it had been some time since your attention had been given to Engineering & in view of the distance expense &c I requested him to write to Major Howard, state the Case & get his answer. I presume Major Howards telegram to you is the result. Major Howard & Col: Clark were Engineers of the Army of N.V. & you may have seen them on the lines around Richmond & Petersburg. The former was a great deal with Genl. A. P. Hill - Clarke said he wanted ten assistants. I have no doubt it is a good position. It will require work, energy & ability to . . . [illegible] & I hope that you have all that. Howard has charge of one of the R. Roads in Texas - I have forgotten which. The position to which Mr. Williams refers I presume is an Agency in the Insurance, or rather Life Assurance, of which Mr. Fenber is the V. Pres: & Manager. It extends over the Southern States. It depends upon your preferences in a pursuit in Life. The life in Texas might be a rough one, but profitable, if you liked Engineering & qualified yourself for the position. Major Howard seems to want you at once & you would be justified from his Telegram to report to him. Fitz & your Mother will advise you what is best for you to do."

    Toned paper with folds - minor separation along the central horizontal fold. Lee's signature is large and bold.

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