<br /> Lee Letter: n1

Washington and Lee University
Robert E. Lee

W. D. Frazer

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point

14 Oct. 1852.


The term of service of the person formally employed as Lithographer has expired, & the Academy is now without one. I have thought you might aid in procuring another. A man of common aptitude, who can write a fair, plain round hand, can print, draw light lined drawing & occasionally copy topographical sketches, can fill the place. Among the Germans and Prussians in New York, are many of fair education, & qualified for the situation. A single man is preferred, as he can sleep in a room adjoining the Lithographic office. Quarters for married men are difficult to be obtained.

He would have to be enlisted for the purpose. His pay would be $6.15 per month, 15¢ per day extra, & $50 per annum in addition, making a total of about $15.41 per month, together with one ration per day, an extra ration of Sugar & coffee, clothing, fuel & medical attendance.
Possibly at the large Lithographic offices in New York, a suitable man might be obtained. Will you be kind enough to institute inquiries, in such quantity as best promises success, & let me know the result.

I am very respectfully. Your obedt Serv(Signed) R E. Lee Bvt: Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 295. Addressed “Major W. D. Frazer Corps of Engineers New York.”