New York April 20 1866


Genl Robert E. Lee

            Washington College




Dr. Sir

            My nephew Saml. D. Tonge of Bainbridge Georgia has been at School for some months past at Troy N. Y. & his father desires, now, that he shall go to your College, provided you receive boys of his age.  He is about fifteen, not very far advanced having lived in Georgia up to the close of the war.

            I would be obliged if you would, at your earliest convenience, cause to be sent to me one of your circulars giving terms etc & I am Sir

                                                                        Yours Very Respty.

                                                                                    Henry A. Barling


Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:


            20 Apl ‘66

H. A. Barling

In reference to his nephew


Ansd: 26 Apl