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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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.




P.O. Burke, Va.

Aug. 13th 1907

Dear Capt. Meade:-


Your letter1 of the 10th inst., with accompanying circular, was received yesterday.

I do not own a portrait in oil of my father, do not know of one worth copying, and do not know of a portrait painter who has ever seen Gen. Lee. If your Committee can find an artist to make a satisfactory portrait of my father, I will undertake to bear the expense of the picture, including suitable frame. Mr. Edward V. Valentine, Sculptor, Richmond, Va., might undertake a tablet with portrait medallion, in bronze or other material; if so, the work would be worth having.

Please let me know about the cost of whatever portrait you may decide upon, before concluding contract, and accept my regrets for inability to do more towards complying with your request.

Very truly yours,

(Signed) G. W. C. Lee


Capt. W. T. Meade,

Chairman, Ac.,

Louisa, Va.





1. Lee is writing to Confederate Captain William T. Meade (1841-1917), a native of Clarke County, Virginia. Meade attended Washington College and served in the 4th Virginia regiment. He joined the army in 1861 and by November of that year was on the staff of General Pendleton. He mostly served in the First Corps as an ordnance officer. He worked as a farmer after Lee’s surrender, dying in Louisa County on 1917 July 4. He is buried in the Clark Family Cemetery.   



Source: Valentine Museum archives, Richmond, Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 April 18

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