Robert E. Lee 1853 Autograph Letter Signed


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American general known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.

Autograph letter signed (ALS) “R.E. Lee” as Superintendent of West Point, February 10, 1853, 7.5×9.5.  Lee addresses the Rev. William T. Sprole, in full:

Some of the residents on the Point have applied to me for permission for the Revd. Mr. Gibson to have divine Service in the Chapel at 12 AM on two days in the week during lent. Before granting it I think it proper to enquire whether the Chaplain has any objection.

Attractively matted and framed to an overall size of 22.5″ x 20″ with an engraved portrait and plaque. A very clean example – not examined out of frame.

From the United States House of Representatives history website:

SPROLE, William T. S.; a House Chaplain; born in Baltimore, Md., March 16, 1809; attended Princeton Seminary, Princeton, N.J., 1827–1828; licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Baltimore, Md., 1829; ordained in the Presbyterian Church, 1831; pastor, First German Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pa., 1832–1836; pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Penn., 1837–1843; pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., 1843–1846; elected Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives for the Twenty-ninth Congress (December 17, 1846–March 3, 1847); chaplain and professor, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1847–1856; pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Newburgh, N.Y., 1856–1872; pastor, Second Congregational Church of Detroit, Mich., 1874–1877; died on June 9, 1883, in Detroit, Mich.