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Valentine C. Saunders Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0071
Scope and Contents Letter from Cadet Saunders to his parents is the oldest extant letter written by a VMI cadet. Dated November 30, 1839, shortly after the first cadets arrived in Lexington, the letter provides a cadet's view of the newly established Institute. Saunders describes the arsenal; relationship with Washington College; the method of instruction; course of studies; gives his opinion (favorable) of Superintendent Francis H. Smith. Collection also contains Saunders' copy of a published address by Francis...

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  • Names: Smith, Francis H. (Francis Henney), 1812-1890 X
  • Subject: Washington and Lee University -- History X