<br /> Lee Letter: n1


Washington and Lee University
Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

22. Oct 1852

Sir.

I enclose for your information a copy of a letter I have received from the U.S. Dis. Attorney, for the Southern District of N.Y: in reference to the proposed diversion of water from the Butter Milk Falls brook, for the supply of the Military Academy, with a bill of his professional charge. As in other instances in which I have consulted the U.S. Dis. Attorneys, on public matters, lying within their Districts, no charge for their services has been made, through me. I am a loss how to dispose of the bill presented by Mr Hall, & therefore request to be informed what disposition must be made of it. Whether I am to pay it, or refer it to the Solicitor of the Treasury

I am very respectfully your Obt. Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee. Bvt Col
Supt Mil Academy

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, pp. 295–96. Addressed “Genl. Jos. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”