E. C. MIDDLETON & CO.

PUBLISHERS OF NATIONAL OIL PORTRAITS.

 

132 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Jan 18th 1866

General Robert E. Lee

President of Washington College

Lexington, Va

 

Dear Sir

While visiting General Sherman at his residence in St. Louis a few days ago, and getting the favorable impression of himself and wife in regard to my Oil Portraits of him - He suggested the propriety of adding to my Series of Oil Portraits, designed for the parlors of the Country - The Portrait of yourself and General Stonewall Jackson which I have about concluded to do, provided I can get copies to work from that are satisfactory to the families of both - Will you be kind enough to send me such a photograph of yourself, Card Size or larger if you can, with a full description of your complexion, being as particular as possible about the color of your eyes and hair, as well as flesh tone.  You will confer upon me a very great favor if you can procure for me a good copy of Genl Jackson with a similar description of his complexion.

We design to make them Match Portraits - and it is my purpose to have the South thoroughly canvassed for subscribers - My portraits are disposed of only by subscription - You can form some opinion of their merit by a perusal of the enclosed Testimonials -

Yours Respectfully

E. C. Middleton

     For E. C. Middleton by Co

 

Notation on reverse by in General Lee's handwriting:

18 Jan66

E. C. Middleton

in reference to portraits

of self & Genl Jackson

 

Ansd 13 Feb - that

I had no good photographs

etc