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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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Lexington, Va., 10 May 1867.

Hon. Philip Tompert1 & others

Mayor of Louisville

Louisville, Ky.


Your invitation to be present at the unveiling of the statue of Henry Clay in the Court House at Louisville on the 30th inst. has been received; and it would give me great pleasure to join in the deserved tribute of respect to the memory of Kentucky’s great statesman, did not professional duties peremptorily forbid.

I am with great respect

 your obdt. svt.

(sgd) R. E. Lee



Source: Photocopy of letterbook copy, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L51 c 738, p. 39, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

Transcribed by Katie Hall, 2018 June 12


1. Philip Tomppert (1808-1873) served as the fifteenth and seventeenth Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1865 and 1867-1868. He emigrated from Württemberg, Germany, to Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1831, then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1837.

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