From the 27 January 1875 issue of The New York Times.


A recent letter from Lexington, Va., to the Richmond Dispatch says: “Valentine has been here for several days conferring with the Memorial Committee in reference to the final arrangements for placing his beautiful sepulchral monument over the grave of Gen. Lee. It is hoped that full arrangements can be made, and the statue inaugurated on the 12th of October next—the anniversary of Gen. Lee’s death—with an oration by ex-President Davis, and appropriate ceremonies, participated in by all of the old Confederates who can gather there. It will be a matter of general interest to mention that fresh flowers have never been wanting to deck Gen. Lee’s tomb. From all parts of the country the most exquisite wreaths, crosses, anchors, &c., are sent, and fair hands in Lexington are continually fashioning evergreens, immortelles, &c., into the most beautiful decorations for the tombs of the General, Mrs. Lee, and Miss Agnes. The beautiful custom of having a student-guard to keep daily watch and ward at the tomb is still kept up, and the General’s office is still preserved just as he left it on the day of his fatal illness.”