Philada March 12/66


Gen. Robert E. Lee

            Prest of Washington College, Va

                                    On Saturday last I forwarded from Newark, Delaware Six Boxes of Books marked as follows. (Via Washington & Gordonsville)

                        Washington College

                                    Lexington, Va

Care of Mr Edward Echols

            Lynchburg, Virginia.


            They are part of a Library left by my late Brother Thomas B. Wilson; which I desire to present to your Institution, and comprise works on various subjects.  I think it will be a valuable addition to your collection.  You will please accept them as a slight evidence of my sincere desire for the success of Washington College.

            In the course of a few months I hope to have ready to forward to you, three to four hundred vols more, to add to the donation.

            The only condition I request is that proper care be taken of them and that it be called “The Wilson Contribution to the Library of Washington College,” in honor of my lamented Brother:  I have left his Book plate in them to distinguish them from other volumes.

            I have also placed in one of the Boxes a memoir of his life and character issued by one of the societies of which he was a member.

            Should there be any delay or error in the receipt of the proper No. of Boxes, please advise me.

                                                                        with much respect

                                                                        I am yours etc

                                                                        Rathmell Wilson

                                                                                    919 Clinton Street


Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:

            12 March ‘66

Rathmell Wilson

Sends six boxes of

Books – Says three

or four hundred more

Vols: will be forw-



Ansd 26 March