Baltimore, March 14th 1866
As I do not expect to see you very soon I enclose to you the card of Mrs.
Newcomb – the wife of the gentleman who made us the handsome donation of ten
I take the opportunity of communicating to you a message of kind
remembrances from Mrs James Robb now of N York, who has a warm Southern heart
& like all our Southern women a sincere admiration for you
I had promised her a likeness of you on a carte –viste with your
autograph She said she would
prefer receiving it from you. I
enclose one which I had gotten up here & which I think rather better than
any other that I have seen of you – Should like to have to opinion of your
family upon it. If you have one
that you think better please let Mrs Robb have it & oblige me also with a
I am also charged with a message from Hon. E. M. Bruce with whom I am in
negotiation for a subscription he wished me to say to you that he intended to do
something to aid you in your enterprise & wished to do liberally & he
thought of making you a visit at Lexington.
He seemed sincere to hear more of your views in reference to the College
Any communication for any these parties sent to me at Staunton – where
I expect to be the next week I will take great pleasure in forwarding
Judge Brockenbrough can give you some details about my visit to New York.
The entire preoccupation of all hearts & hands here with the great
“Relief Fair” precludes me from doing anything just now.
I leave today for Washington where I expect to spend a few days before
going home – Such arrangements having been made as renders it in my judgment
– inexpedient – for me to visit Kentucky
I am at a loss what course to pursue in the future.
Nothing remains for me in this country as far as I can see but to
complete, at a foreseeable time, what I have begun here & in New York –
Many both here and there advise me
strongly to go to Liverpool & London but as it will involve a great deal of
expense & will not take the responsibility of the mission without
instructions from Lexington, I think of coming to Lexington from Staunton
With kindest regards to Mrs Lee & my best wishes for your success
I am yours most truly
S. D. Stuart
on first page in General Lee’s handwriting:
S. D. Stuart .