June 11th: 66
R. E. Lee
I have a young brother who is desirous of entering Washington College and
at his request would thank you for a catalogue with average expenses etc.
My address is Chicago, Ill: - My fathers family having moved there since
the war, but I am rejoiced to say they allowed in no degree, the cold contact of
Yankees to influence the warmth of their Southern blood or stop their prayers
for your success in achieving Southern Independence.
myself feel proud to say I was one of your Solidiers (sic) in the great struggle
– being in Genl Breckinridge’s Division. Amidst all the sorrows of defeat, we beg to thank a kind
Providence which spares you in time of peace for our guidance, as well as for
the brilliancy of your leadership in time of war.
the favor of your personal reply, I beg to remain, With highest esteem
J. G. Hunter
P. O. Box 2836
of front in General Lee’s handwriting: