From the 23 April 1887 issue of The New York Times.

GEN. LEE WAS NOT DESTITUTE.

RICHMOND, Va., April 22.—The Statement of Gen. Adam Badeau, published in a New-York paper, to the effect that Gen. Robert E. Lee and his family upon the former’s return home here after the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, were fed for a time by the Federal Army Commissary, has attracted considerable attention here. Gove. Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Gen. Robert E. Lee, after carefully reading Gen. Badeau’s statement, said: “It is all wrong. Gen. Badeau has been drawing largely upon his imagination or the imigination of somebody else. When Gen. Lee returned from Appomattox Court House, he found his family living in Richmond in the house in which he had left them. While not living in affluence, they were not lacking in the necessaries of life. Shortly after his return the people of Richmond and elsewhere vied with each other in sending to Gen. Lee everything requisite for the comfort of himself and family, presuming that having been in the field he was not able to provide for them as comfortably as he would like.

“Indeed,” countinued the Governor, “it was known that the upper passages of Gen. Lee’s house were filled with barrels of flour, meat, and other things that had been sent, because there was no other place to put them. Gen. Lee directed his servants to distribute these things to the poor in his neighborhood.”