May 2nd 1866.
Robt. E. Lee
Your connection with the Washington (Va.) College has brought to my mind
the suggestion, that perhaps I could enlist your attention and obtain your aid
in forwarding the great Life –Work, stretching now before me.
Having made Elocution a special study for the past five years, I am
endeavoring to obtain a position, which shall enable me to teach the study most
delightful to me; and obtain time for a further prosecution of the preparation
necessary before I enter upon the discharge of the higher duties to which God
has most decidedly called me.
The bold manner, in which I have approached you, has been encouraged by
the knowledge that you were a true and earnest man; and I know this to be
a characteristic of all the few Earnest Lives who move among men that
they tread under foot all “fawning” and flattery.
I have felt better able to approach you with confidence from the fact of
your already expressed friendship for my father, Rev. Henry Slicer.
If you can aid me in obtaining a position such as I have described you
will add obligation to the great esteem of
Your Obedt. Servant
T. R. Slicer
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
2 May 1866
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