Mch 7th 1866
R. E. lee
Allow me to introduce to you Mr. E F Lutz of Baltimore.
You will remember having received from me a few weeks ago a letter
written in Cincinnati, in which I requested you to favour me with such a
likeness of yourself as was satisfactory to you, and your friends, to be copied
in my style of Oil Colors; to which you replied that “you had no such
likeness, nor had you seen any that was satisfactory to you.”
Having learned that Mr. Brady of Washington City had succeeded in
producing a very fine Photograph from a siting (sic) you gave him, a few days
ago, I have visited this City for the purpose of procuring a copy of the same.
Mr Lutz, my general agent for Maryland, and Virginia, visits you for the
purpose of presenting you with a few copies which I trust you and friends will
endorse as correct.
I regard these copies as beautiful works of art, and if I can get the
desired endorsement, I propose to proceed at once to copy the same in my style
of Oil Colors.
By your permission, Mr Lutz will make a few notes of your complexion; he
will also show you a sample of our style of Arts, in the portrait of Washington
which is the same style, and size that we propose for your portrait.
Very Respectfully Yours
E C Middleton
E C Middleton & Co
on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:
7 Mar ‘66
E. C. Middleton
Mr Lutz will
notes of color etc