Near Natchez. Dec 27. 1865

Genl Robert E. Lee

Lexington

Va.

Genl.

Enclosed find a letter from Genl Martin.

My nephew William, son of the late Maj William Conner is now in his 18th year.  His education has been greatly neglected owing to difficulties in our schools during the first years of the war, and the fact that he was a soldier in our armies in 1864& 1865 - I scarcely now hope for him an extended, liberal education becoming a gentleman.  I shall be satisfied if he acquires a thorough knowledge of his own language with a suitable over view of mathematics, philosophy, geography, etc. not including Latin & Greek - But above all when he reaches Majority I hope to find him correct in manners & morals- I believe this latter main object can be best allowed by placing him in your college where I feel assured your character will emulate the students to a high, healthy moral tone.  Will you send me a prospectus & a line that I may give to my children to peruse.

I am very respectfully

 

Lemuel P. Conner

 

Notation on reverse in General Lee=s handwriting:

 

--?-- - 27 Dec >65

Major J. P. Conner

wishes to enter his

nephew at W. College

 

Ansd 17 Jany >65

 

Enclosed letter mentioned in above letter.

 

Natchez Dec 26th 1865

 

Gen R. E. Lee

Lexington

Va:

Dear Sir

My brother in law Maj L. P. Conner formerly on Gen Braggs staff may have occasion to write to you - I bespeak for him such.  Consideration as is due to a gentleman of money & worth - He has been thinking of sending to Lexington a Son of the late Maj --?-- Conner who fell in a charge at Gettysburg leading the Jeff Davis Legion - & I think you will remember him - Major Conner will probably desire some information which you can give - & oblige him & myself.

Very Respectfully Yours


Will T. Martin