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Lexington, Va., 9th October, 1869.
My Dear Mr. Corcoran--I have received this morning your note of the 7th instant, transmitting the assignment of Mr. Peabody of his claim against Virginia, with a copy of Mr. Russell's note to you. I am truly grateful to Mr. Peabody for his generous gift to Washington College, which, I hope, will result in much good to the people of the State and in honor to him; and I am greatly thankful to you and Mr. Russell for your interest and kind offices in the matter. Will you add to my obligations by giving me your advice as to how to proceed to realize the donation? I do not propose to indulge in intemperate haste, nor do I think it advisable to approach the Legislature before it is organized, under the constitution which has been adopted, for general business — it being understood to be now in session for a specific purpose and for the fulfillment of the laws of Congress on the subject of reconstruction. I wish, also, in presenting the claim not to offend the sentiment of the people, and to obtain the aid of the leading men of the State. Perhaps it would be well to wait for Mr. Peabody's memorial and other papers, or shall I endeavor to obtain them from the files of the Legislature at Richmond?

With true regard, sincerely yours,

Lexington, Va., 26th January, 1870.
My Dear Mr. Corcoran--I am very sorry that I cannot attend the funeral obsequies of Mr. Peabody. It would be some relief to witness the respect paid to his remains and to participate in commemorating his virtues; but I am unable to undertake the journey. I have been sick all the winter and am still under medical treatment. I particularly regret that I shall not have the pleasure of seeing you. Mr. Cyrus McCormick, Colonel Christian and Major Kirkpatrick, trustees of Washington College, will represent it on the occasion. They will assemble at Mr. McCormick's house, No. 40 Fifth Avenue, New York, and will probably not leave before the end of this week. I wish you would join them, as I know they would be happy of your company. Please remember me to Mr. Thornton and Mr. and Mrs. Russell.

With great regard,

hot Springs, Va., 23d August, 1870.
My Dear Mr. Corcoran--It has been a source of regret to me this summer that I have been unable to enjoy your company while you were in the mountains. As you have left the White, I presume

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