Washington College, Lexington VA: 20 Jany 1870
Rt Revd & Dear Sir
The Literary Societies of Washington College sent to you an invitation to address them at the coming Commencement, in June next; and not having heard from you fear that their letter or your reply may have miscarried. They have requested me to ask whether their invitation reached you, & in doing so I cannot refrain from impressing my earnest wish & the wish of the whole Faculty, that it may be convenient for you to grant the request of my young friends. A visit from you will not only give pleasure to our community but I feel sure will be a benefit to the cause of religion as well as of education. Between the two Institutions, Washington College & the VA: Mil: Institute, there are nearly seven hundred young men, at the most impressible age for good or evil. Words of admonition from you I think would do great good.
Should you be able to visit us at the appointed time, I beg that you will come directly to my house on your arrival, & remain as long as convenient. I will reserve (page 2) a room for you
With great respect your obtservt
R E Lee
Rt: Revd John Watrus Beckwith D. D.
Bishop of Georgia - Macon Ga: