July 11th 1866
Gen. R. E. Lee,
My dear Sir.
I wrote to you about a fortnight ago with reference to the purchase of a “scholarship” at Washington College, intending if nothing prevented, to send my brother on next session.
For fear of the miscarriage of that letter I write again by Express to ask of you whether you will be enabled to receive him and on what terms. It is stated here that several of our young men from this section have been refused admission in consequence of want of accommodations.
I am particularly anxious to place my brother under your charge and his own desire to complete his education in the State of Va and under your supervision only equaled by my own – Of six brothers of us, four were educated in that state and five lived there – in fact we claim to be Virginians.
Will you be kind enough to write fully on the following points.
In case the College accommodations are exhausted, would he be allowed to live in town and attend lectures-
What would be the probable expense, all told, for the first year and how much would be required in advance-
Is the Institution conducted upon the University of Va or curriculum plan-
When does the session commence-
Probably your circulars give the information. If so please send one.
My brother is at present a cadet of the La Mil Inst at Alexandria and would furnish good testimonials from that Seminary.
He is a noble boy, Sir, and will reflect credit upon any Institution.
His mind is good & disposition gentle & affectionate, and what is most gratifying of all to me, his habits are unexceptionable.
Hoping to hear from you soon, Sir, and in terms of encouragement and with consideration of the highest regard, I beg leave to subscribe myself-
Yr. Obt Servant
Henry Stone, MD
P. O. Box “7”
Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
11 July 1866
Dr Henry Stone
19 July - Ansd