Photostat.  Not in General Lee=s handwriting but signed by him.


Washington College

   Lexington Va March 11th 1870


Dear Sir

Allow me to make known to you Mr. Leander J. McCormick of Chicago, a gentleman of high standing & character, who wishes to erect and provide with superior instruments an Astronomical and Physical Observatory in the State of Virginia

Mr McCormick will be pleased to confer with you upon the subject, and be glad to get views and information

The importance of such an enterprize to Science, and your deep interest in all that relates to its progress, render it unnecessary for me to say anything, except that any attention you may show Mr McC. will confer a favor upon

Yours truly

R E Lee


Prof Joseph Henry

Smithsonian Institute

Washington City, D. C.