en property are hereby selected and determined upon for the monument to be erected to General Robert E. Lee by this association.
Preparing the site.
September I, 1887, an engineer of the association was employed, and a contract was awarded to Messrs. Philips & Ford for excavating and grading, at $450. The engineer was directed to correspond with Mr. Caspar Buberl, a New York sculptor, and to employ him to cut the scroll work around the plinth of the pedestal, which was done.
On June 15, 1887, the treasurer reported that the funds in hand amounted to $55,972.56.
The following letter was laid before the committee in December of the same year by Governor Lee:
My Dear Governor,—I send you a draft on New York for $1,000 as my contribution to the monument to General Lee.
I have heretofore contributed, but the amount was not as much as I desired.
I desire that this amount be devoted to furnishing a solid granite block for the equestrian statue to rest on, as shown in the