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LEE, James, merchant, born in Scotland in 1795; died in New York city, 16 June, 1874. For more than forty years he was a prosperous merchant in New York city, and was principally engaged in the Scotch trade. He was for a long time connected with the New York society library, and Brown's statue of Washington on Union square was erected mainly through his instrumentality. When a rich and peious merchant, in answer to his appeal for a subscription, answered that a statue was unnecessary, as General Washington was enshrined in the hearts of his countrymen, Mr. Lee answered, "Well, Mr. R, if he is in your heart, he is in a d--d tight place."
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