<br /> Lee Letter: a004

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Robert E. Launitz


I enclose the sketch of the monument which has been selected from among those you have furnished, & request that you will at once construct one of this pattern. It is understood that it is to be perfect in every respect. The base stone being granite. It is desired that the wreath contain some lilies of the valley & heartsease if practicable. On the plinth, the name “Mary L. Custis,” to be in raised letters. In smaller and sunk letters below, “Born 22 April 1788” “Died 23 April 1853.” On the shaft, & reverse side of the wreath, the inscription, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The whole to be properly finished packed & boxed & delivered on board one of the New York & Washington Packets, directed to G. W. P. Custis Esqr Arlington, Care of S. Shenn & Son Alex Virga.

Upon its reception, if according to agreement & perfect in every respect, the price named by you, viz two hundred & twenty five dollars ($225.00) will be remitted to you.

Enclose bill of lading &c to the Honble G. W. P. Custis Arlington, near Alexa Virga. Very respy

your Obt Servt

R E Lee
Bt Col U.S.A.

P.S. Please send the exact size of the base stone, that the foundation may be at once constructed & become firm.



Ely-DeButts PapersLibrary of Congress

Transcribed in Francis Raymond Adams, Jr., An Annotated Edition of the Personal Letters of Robert E. Lee, April, 1855 – April, 1861, pp. 9 – 10. Addressed to Launitz, “1093 Broadway New York,” and endorsed by Lee: “17 Apl 1855 Copy of a letter to Robt E. Launitz ordering monument for Mrs Custis.”