Genl R. Jones
Adjt Genl U.S.A.
Washington 21 Feby 1845
An original letter from Major R. Delafield, Supt Mil: Academy, of the 1 Nov 1844, & marked 2917, referred to the Secy of War on the 8 Nov 1844, has not been returned to this office. It is ascertained that it has got among some court martial papers in your office.
I have therefore to request, that you will return it to this office, in order that I may restore it to the proper files
Very respy your obtservt
R E Lee
Source: Original letter, placed inside Memoirs of Robert E. Lee, Vol. I, by A. Long, Jessie Ball DuPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward 2015 October 30