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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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




P.O. Burke, Va.

Aug. 13th 1907


Dear Capt. Meade:-

Your letter 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.




Source: Valentine Museum archives, Richmond, Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 July 24

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