• The Lees of Virginia
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  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Stoneleigh Court

Washington, D.C.


Jan 27 [1922]


My dear Mr. Valentine

Whenever I am in doubt about Gen R. E. Lee Rob always says Mr Valentine “can clear it up.” There was an Exhibit in Alexandria Va last Wednesday a death mask of Gen R. E. Lee did not look like him in any way awful & never should have been on Exhibit Rob & I both think alike. We never heard of one being taken. Can you tell if one was taken & by whom I am sorry to trouble you but I must know and know of no one but you who could give me the correct information

With love for Kate and kind regards

Sincerely M. T. Lee1

Mrs W H F Lee



1. Mary Tabb Bolling Lee (1846-1924) married William Henry Fitzhugh Lee on 1867 November 28. She was born in Petersburg, Virginia, to George Washington Bolling (1806-1875) and Martha Smith Nicholls Bolling (1808-1886). With Fitzhugh she had children: Mary Tabb Lee (1867-1871), William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1867-1875), Robert Edward Lee (1869-1922), George Bolling Lee (1872-1948), and Annie Agnes Lee (1874-1874). She is buried in Lexington, Virginia, in the Lee family crypt.



Source: Scan of original letter, vertical files, The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 May 4



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