Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Letter from Robert E. Lee to John Watrus Beckwith of Raleigh, NC

Washington College, Lexington VA: 20 Jany 1870

Rt Revd & Dear Sir

The Literary Societies of Washington College sent to you an invitation to address them at the coming Commencement, in June next; and not having heard from you fear that their letter or your reply may have miscarried. They have requested me to ask whether their invitation reached you, & in doing so I cannot refrain from impressing my earnest wish & the wish of the whole Faculty, that it may be convenient for you to grant the request of my young friends. A visit from you will not only give pleasure to our community but I feel sure will be a benefit to the cause of religion as well as of education. Between the two Institutions, Washington College & the VA: Mil: Institute, there are nearly seven hundred young men, at the most impressible age for good or evil. Words of admonition from you I think would do great good.

Should you be able to visit us at the appointed time, I beg that you will come directly to my house on your arrival, & remain as long as convenient. I will reserve (page 2) a room for you

With great respect your obtservt

R E Lee

Rt: Revd John Watrus Beckwith D. D.

Bishop of Georgia - Macon Ga:

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Enderbys

The Enderbys

"Mavis Enderby occurs as Endrebi in Domesday Book, as Endrebi in 1115, and as Enderby Malbys in 1302. Mavis Enderby was held (among other lands) by William Malebisse in 1202, Malbys being shortened later to Mavis. Two of the owners had Anglo-Saxon names and, like Bag Enderby, there was a mill and the land was good arable land. The population appears to have been possibly around the hundred mark.

Like Bag Enderby it stands on the drier sandstone, above a spring line feeding a tributary of the River Lymn. Mavis Enderby lies less than 2 miles uphill from Bolingbroke, with strong historical connections. It was the seat of John of Gaunt, whole eldest son, the future Henry IV was born. The moated castle was the site of a Royalist garrison during the Civil War, and about four miles from the site of 1643 Battle of Winceby. The remains of the castle have recently been partially excavated."