Lee-Jackson Memorial, Inc.

Citizens Commonwealth Center Bldg.

Charlottesville, Virginia 22901




                                                 November 20, 1975

Mrs. Nancy Marshall, Curator

Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home

Alexandria, Virginia



Dear Nancy:

I recently came across this galley proof of page 1, Volume I, “R. E. Lee”, which was inserted in my Vol. I of the first edition (handed down from my Father). As you can see, it is beginning to show signs of wear so I thought it best to frame it for preservation. Then I thought it most appropriate that it hang in our house in Alexandria. My brother, Sherwood, fully concurs. I believe his letter above is self-explanatory.



            Richard B. Smith

            Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

            Executive Director



             P. S. No, the framer did not “goof”; the proof was pulled in its crooked fashion.




Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Oversize Box, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 April 11