May 15, 1866
R. E. Lee
Sir: I send my son, A. Howell Pierson, to your institution.
Although 18 years old, his opportunities for education have been small,
owning to the late war depriving this section of schools and he being himself in
the service. His knowledge of the
following branches is limited, grammar, rhetoric, geography.
I do not believe he can enter any other class than one in the preparatory
department. I wish him to study
only Latin besides the ordinary English branches.
I particularly desire that his time be shall be fully employed and
entirely devoted to his studies.
Not having any circular or other means of knowledge of your terms, I can
only at present offer an advance on his years expenses of $200.
You will oblige me by sending me a circular or Catalogue
With sentiments of high respect
I remain your servt
Aaron H. Pierson
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
15 May 1866
reference to Son