Female High School
Ky., March 19th 1866
Gen. R. E. Lee,
With the approval of the Rev. Mr. White, I have undertaken to arrange a
musical and literary entertainment to be held in our largest hall – The
Masonic Temple – during the second week in April, for the purpose of raising
means to assist the students of Washington College in refurnishing their society
There will be no difficulty in enlisting the aid of the best talent in
the city; and we hope to sell a thousand tickets at a dollar each.
I enclose a notice which I inserted in my department of the Democrat.
The object of this note is to suggest that, if the contemplated movement
here could be made known to the students and an expression drawn from a
Committee of the societies approving the efforts of our citizens in their
behalf, and the same sent to me for publication, that it would be calculated to
enlist still more earnestly the sympathies of the people toward the contemplated
It would be well if a brief history of the societies could be sent, which
would, of course, include a statement of their losses by the war.
I would suggest, also, Sir, a letter from your self approving the humble
efforts of our citizens in this direction.
Permit me, also, to solicit twenty, at least, of your autographs
to be sold for the same purpose, on the night of the entertainment; if you can
spare or secure any of the lamented Jackson, or any other distinguished men of
the South, they can be made profitable for the College.
Very respectfully, Yours
Geo. A. Chase
on reverse in general lee’s handwriting:
reference to aid