From the 1 January 1901 issue of The New York Times.


They are telling throughout the South a rather amusing story at the expense of Miss Mary Lee, elder daughter of the late Gen. Robert E. Lee. It appears that she happened to be in some foreign city at a time when the attachés of the American Embassy were about to give a ball. As no invitation arrived for Miss Lee, a friend who happened to be in the hotel where she was stopping called at the embassy and expressed surprise that “the daughter of America’s greatest General” had not been honored with an invitation. The Secretary in charge apologized most profusely and said that the error would be rectified at once. Soon afterward a large envelope inclosing the elaborate card of invitation was received at the hotel addressed to “Miss Grant.”