From the 13 June 1873 issue of The New York Times.


Mrs. Lee and Arlington—The Mexican Minister and the Mackenzie Raid—The Polaris.

Special Dispatch to the New-York Times.

WASHINGTON, June 12.—Mrs. Lee, widow of Gen. Robert E. Lee, has been stopping a few days at Alexandria, where she was interviewed by a reporter of the Republican. In regard to the Arlington estate she makes the following statement: “Her father, George Washington Parke Custis, dying in 1857, gave to Mrs. Lee by his will the entire Arlington estate. The terms of the will vested the property in her absolutely. Beyond the simple duties of an executor, Gen. Lee had no control of the property, and never, either before or since, assumed or attempted to assume a single right of ownership.” It was further ascertained, from Mrs. Lee herself, that not only was Arlington her unqualified bequest from her father, but that Gen. Lee never participated in any way in its ownership nor control, always refusing to arbitrate in important matters relating to it, and from the termination of the war to the date of his death, he constantly avoided any authority, control, right, or independence relative to the estate, and refused to act concerning it in any way. Mrs. Lee is remarked as having conversed freely on the subject of the estate without any shade of bitterness, to have spoken highly of President Grant, and as not expecting the estate to be diverted from its present use as a cemetery, though she lays claim to some remuneration for its value.