--Below will be found the correspondence between Lee Mallory
and the committee of the "Ladies' Defence Association," tendering them the proceeds of the first night's exhibition of his "War Illustrations."
Richmond,Va., March 24th, 1862.
To the Ladies of the Proposed Gunboat Association.
I learn that the ladies of Richmond
meet to-day at 4 o'clock P. M., to organize themselves into an association to raise funds for building a gunboat, to protect this ancient and beautiful Capital of the Old Dominion against our common enemy.
Anxious to contribute what I can toward an undertaking so patriotic, if agreeable, I will devote the proceeds of the first night's exhibition of my "War Illustrations" to the contemplated gunboat fund.
The first entertainment takes place at Metropolitan Hall, Wednesday evening, the 26th instant.
Independent of the donation thus tendered, I desire to present you one thousand tickets, amounting to five hundred dollars, to be disposed of for the benefit of the fund.
Each ticket ensures the holder admittance to the "War Illustrations" whenever tendered at the door of the Hall
He pleased to appoint a committee of correspondence and acceptance.
With my best wishes for the success of your noble enterprise, I am, respectfully.
March 25, 1862. Lee Mallory
,Proprietor of "War Illustrations:"
--In behalf of the ladies of the "National Defence Association;" it affords us pleasure to tender their grateful acknowledgment and acceptance of your liberal and patriotic proposition to devote the proceeds of one night's exhibition of your "War Illustrations," and, in addition, to present to them one thousand tickets of admission to succeeding exhibitions for the benefit of their fund.
We respectfully suggest that your proposed benefit exhibition shall occur at such place as you may indicate, on Thursday evening next, 27th inst.
Metropolitan Hall, March 25, 1862.
--The benefit proposed will take place in Metropolitan Hall, on Thursday evening, the 27th inst. With my best wishes for its entire success,