Ga. April 18th 1866
Robt. E. Lee.
Perhaps I ought to apologize for Taking up your valuable Time.
You are regarded by our whole people as a father – Washington and Lee
are equally beloved and venerated by us all.
If I Trespass upon your patience, I trust you will forgive a mother –
who is anxious to have her son well educated, and desires your advice on the
The principal point – just now is this, Shall he resume the study of Latin
after neglecting it for five years? He
had rather not. At fifteen he
entered the army – Tho’ went to school during that time, nearly one year.
He will be twenty next summer and is now at a high school – studying
English Grammar Rhetoric – Algebra – Geometry etc.
We once thought of having him study Civil Engineering – He now designs
entering commercial life – after completing his scholastic or collegiate
We wish him well prepared to enter upon any department of “Commercial
Will you continue in charge of the College in Lexington?
Please send me a circular.
We now think of sending our son to Lexington to remain until his
education is completed.
With Profound Respect
Mrs. S. P. Myrick
Genl R. E. Lee
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
18 Apl ‘66
S. P. Myrick
reference to her son
27 Apl ‘66