Stoneleigh Court

Washington, D.C.

 

Jan 27 [1922]

 

My dear Mr. Valentine

Whenever I am in doubt about Gen R. E. Lee Rob always says Mr Valentine “can clear it up.” There was an Exhibit in Alexandria Va last Wednesday a death mask of Gen R. E. Lee did not look like him in any way awful & never should have been on Exhibit Rob & I both think alike. We never heard of one being taken. Can you tell if one was taken & by whom I am sorry to trouble you but I must know and know of no one but you who could give me the correct information

With love for Kate and kind regards

Sincerely M. T. Lee1

Mrs W H F Lee

 

 

1. Mary Tabb Bolling Lee (1846-1924) married William Henry Fitzhugh Lee on 1867 November 28. She was born in Petersburg, Virginia, to George Washington Bolling (1806-1875) and Martha Smith Nicholls Bolling (1808-1886). With Fitzhugh she had children: Mary Tabb Lee (1867-1871), William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1867-1875), Robert Edward Lee (1869-1922), George Bolling Lee (1872-1948), and Annie Agnes Lee (1874-1874). She is buried in Lexington, Virginia, in the Lee family crypt.

 

 

Source: Scan of original letter, vertical files, The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 May 4