Rockingham Jan, 23rd 1866


Genl Robert Lee

My Dear Sir.

You will oblige by sending me a Catalogue of Washington College.  I hope to place my two sons under your care in the course of a year.  Present appearances however, seem to indicate that our avaricious enemy will not leave us the means to educate our Children.

For the future of the South, I feel the most anxious solicitude.

Accept for yourself and family, my best wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity, and     Believe me,

Yours very respectfully


B. H. Covington

Genl Robert Lee


Notation on reverse in General Lee=s handwriting:

23 Jany >66

B. H. Covington



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