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T. M. Niven to Robert E. Lee, 1866-01-05

 Item — Box: 7, Folder: 27

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection contains primary and secondary resources pertaining to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family. Included are correspondences from, to, and about Lee and various family members; memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, reminiscences, miscellaneous personal papers, family history and genealogy. The collection includes materials acquired from the Lee family and items donated to and purchased and compiled by W&L University since Lee's tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 - 1870. Adminstrative papers, such as President's Reports, etc..., from Robert E. Lee's presidency of the school may be found within the W&L University Archives. Please contact W&L Special Collections for information regarding the University Archives.


  • Creation: 1866-01-05


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Niven wrote this letter to accompany a copy of Thomas Carlyle’s “Frederick the Great” that he sent to Lee. He asked that Lee consider writing an introduction for Robert Lewis Dabney’s recently published “Life and Times of Thomas J. Jackson”. A portion of profits from the biography were given to Mrs. Thomas J. Jackson and Niven hoped that an introduction from Lee would increase sales.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA