<br /> Lee Letter: wl044

Washington and Lee University

Sender: E. C. Middleton
Recipient: Robert E. Lee

Dear Sir

While visiting General Sherman at his residence in St. Louis a few days ago, and getting the favorable impression of himself and wife in regard to my Oil Portraits of him – He suggested the propriety of adding to my Series of Oil Portraits, designed for the parlors of the Country – The Portrait of yourself and General Stonewall Jackson which I have about concluded to do, provided I can get copies to work from that are satisfactory to the families of both – Will you be kind enough to send me such a photograph of yourself, Card Size or larger if you can, with a full description of your complexion, being as particular as possible about the color of your eyes and hair, as well as flesh tone. You will confer upon me a very great favor if you can procure for me a good copy of Genl Jackson with a similar description of his complexion.

We design to make them Match Portraits – and it is my purpose to have the South thoroughly canvassed for subscribers – My portraits are disposed of only by subscription – You can form some opinion of their merit by a perusal of the enclosed Testimonials – Yours

Respectfully

E. C. Middleton
For E. C. Middleton by Co

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “18 Jan 66 E. C. Middleton in reference to portraits of self & Genl Jackson Ansd 13 Feb – that I had no good photographs etc.”