Letter, 6 Sept[ember] 1860, written by Francis H. Smith, to Ja[me]s T. Ames, concerning Armory, "model musket," and swords; and letter, 7 March 1888, concerning his resignation as superintendent of Virginia Military Institute in 1886 which was withdrawn and an investigation into his period of service by the Virginia General Assembly.
Francis Henney Smith was born 18 October 1812, the son of Francis Smith and Ann Marsden Smith, of Norfolk, Va. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1833. He served as professor of mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College. In 1839, he became principal professor and after 1840, superintendant of Virginia Military Institute, a position he held until 1889. Smith died in 1890. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Henney Smith">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Henney Smith</a>.
6 Sep[tember] 1860. Francis H. Smith, V[irgini]a Military Institute, [Lexington, Va.], to Ja[me]s T. Ames, Chicopee, Mass. Expresses concern over the "Armory matter"; mention of the "model musket"; asks if the swords have been sent yet. 1 p. Including typescript. 1 p.
7 March 1888. Francis H. Smith, Lexington, Va., to Gen. William H. Payne, 2207 Washington Circle, Washington, D.C. Deep thanks for his kind letter, and mention of Cols. Pendleton and Gordon; recalls past events after his resignation [in 1886], and the strange happenings surrounding it, mentioning Col. [Algernon Sidney] Buford, Gen. [Thomas Taylor] Munford, and Gen. [Williams Carter] Wickham. 4 pp. Including typescript. 1 p.