From the 21 August 1888 issue of The New York Times.


RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 20.—The model of the equestrian statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, which is to be erected here, made by Mercie of Paris, was examined to-day by the Monument Board and accepted. The model gives perfect satisfaction, not only to the members of the board, one of whom is Gen. Fitz Lee, a nephew of the Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate Armies, but to all who have examined it. All of the members of the board were personally acquainted with the subject of the artist’s model, and, therefore, are competent judges of its merits. The cornerstone of the monument was laid in October of last year, and it is expected that the statue will be in place in two years.