From the 29 April 1883 issue of The New York Times.



Gen. Jubal A. Early has written a surprisingly temperate letter in relation to the proposed monument in Richmoand, Va., to Gen. Robert E. Lee, and closes with an offer that shows his sincerity. He describes at some length the difficulties that have lain in the way of the Lee Monument Association, of which he was President, and then comes down to a practical suggestion as follows:

I am perfectly satisfied that it is not practicable to raise a fund sufficient for the contemplated monument by private contributions of small amount. The difficulty and expenses of such a system are very great, and the experience of the present association, as well as that of the two schemes for monuments to Washington, fully demonstrate the impracticability of such schemes. If we could raise a sum of about $50,000 for the purpose of having executed an equestrian statue of Gen. Lee, than I have no doubt enough money can be raised for placing that statue on a suitable pedestal. That sum must be raised by the voluntary contributions of persons who have the means and the liberality to give it, not in driblets, but in large sums. It has been an object very dear to me to see erected at the late capital of the Confederate States a suitable monument to our great commander, and I desire to see that monument erected in my life time. My proposition is this: If 49 gentlemen will unite with me we shall each contribute the sum of $1,000, to be paid into some bank in the city of Richmond and placed under the control of gentlemen of undoubted responsibility and integrity, so that there may be no danger of its loss, and that then an artist be selected by a committee to be appointed by the contributors to the said fund for the purpose of executing in bronze an equestrian statue of Gen. Lee, which, when completed, is to be placed upon a pedestal in some suitable public ground in Richmond, say Monroe Park. The Capitol Square, in its present condition, does not furnish any suitable location for such a statue, and it never will furnish such location unless the Governor’s house is removed or the square extended out to Broad-street, between Ninth and Twelfth. I would say that, when not able individually to contribute the $1,000, two or more gentlemen might unite for the purpose, and when the $50,000 are secured smaller contributions might be received from others. This proposition is made in all sincerity and with an anxious desire that it shall be successful. This is the only way, I think, in which anything like a sufficient sum can be realized. It need not be expected that the Legislature of Virginia will repeat in this case the action in regard to the Washington monument. In fact, such action is not desirable for reasons that will readily suggest themselves. I have felt some hesitation about making the foregoing porposition in so public a manner, as some persons may think it rather ostentatious on my part, but the reflection that such a proposition, to meet with success, must necessarily be made public, has overcome my own scruples. If any one shall desire to know why I do not make my own contribution without requiring the co-operation of others, I can reply that I imagine that I have already given more to honor the memory of Gen. Lee than any other citizen of the State, and I do not now desire to contribute a sum of money which may be locked up indefinitely, and perhaps never be applied to the object for which it was intended. What I now desire to contribute I wish to contribute in such a mode as shall insure its application to the proposed object at once and without rish of failure.