York April 12th 1866
R. E. Lee
Presdnt: of Washington
I have the pleasure to acknowledge the reciept (sic) of your letter of
the 22nd March. Please
accept my thanks for the graceful compliment!
Your board of direction have pleased to give me in return for my donation
to your College they have however made one mistake in supposing I am Southern
born. I was born in Massachutts
(sic). My Uncle R. E.
Newcomb (Judge of Probate in Franklin County Mass for more than 40 years)
married the only Daughter of Genl Joseph Warren who fell at Bunker (or Breeds)
Hill the first martyr to Constitutional Liberty.
My Aunt by marriage christened me Warren Newcomb you will readily
perceive – I have some rebel proclivities.
I have been over 25 years in the South – for 20 years in New Orleans.
Among my dearest friends I can name Gov. A. B. Roman (now deceased)
also Judge Ross. My object
in contributing to your College was to have the pleasure of giving a Schollarship
(sic) to the sons of my Old Friends who I knew in affluence and have
now been reduced to poverty. I have
taken the liberty, my dear Sir, of having your testimony published (in
pamphlet form, as given before the Congressional Committee and have
circulated the same. I
mailed a copy to your address.
Will you do me the favor to forward me by mail your Photograph
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
12 Apl ‘66
recd resolution of
he was born