Lee-Jackson Memorial, Inc.
Citizens Commonwealth Center Bldg.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
November 20, 1975
Mrs. Nancy Marshall, Curator
Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home
I recently came across this galley proof of page 1, Volume I, “R. E. Lee”, which was inserted in my Vol. I of the first edition (handed down from my Father). As you can see, it is beginning to show signs of wear so I thought it best to frame it for preservation. Then I thought it most appropriate that it hang in our house in Alexandria. My brother, Sherwood, fully concurs. I believe his letter above is self-explanatory.
Richard B. Smith
Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
P. S. No, the framer did not “goof”; the proof was pulled in its crooked fashion.
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Oversize Box, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 11