From the 9 August 1897 issue of The New York Times.


—Gen. GEORGE WASHINGTON CUSTIS LEE, son of Gen. ROBERT E. LEE, ahs presented to Washignton and Lee University, the ancient seat of learning at Lexington, Va., of which he is President, two portraits as valuable, perhaps, as any two in America. One of them is a picture of WASHINGTON, the other of LAFAYETTE, and both are the work of the distinguished Maryland painter, CHARLES WILLSON PEALE. Gen. LEE is a great-grandson of MARTHA WASHINGTON, and the pictures came to him by direct inheritance. They formerly hung upon the walls of Mount Vernon, and were taken thence to Arlington. Just before the latter estate fell into the hands of the Union troops these portraits were hastily removed from their frames, and they were kept in careful concealment until the rebellion was over. The picture of WASHINGTON shows him as a young man, not yet burdened with the glory and care of commanding the Continental troops. When he sat for it he was a Colonel in the Colonial forces of Virginia, and the picture shows him in the uniform of that service. It is of especial interest from the fact that almost every other in existence presents the first President as he looked in old age, not as he was when, in full maturity, he undertook the liberation and defense of a Nation. WASHINGTON gave the univesity its first important gift—100 shares of stock in the James River Canal Company—and this adds another to the many reasons why Gen. LEE’S gift will be valued far beyond its considerable artistic worth.