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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point NY.

Dec. 11. 1852

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit, herewith, a communication from Lt: R. S. Smith, A. A. Qr M accompanied by an extract from a letter from the Quarter Master General.

In consequence of the change therein mentioned I herewith forward an Estimate for Three thousand dollars. for the present month.

As my Estimate for the next fiscal year did not contain an item of Forage for Artillery & Cavalry horses. an additional Estimate is herewith at the rate of Eight dollars per month for each horse.

At the present rate of Hay & Oats the forage of each horse cash $9 60/100 per month.

In consequence of a portion of the appropriations for the Board of Visitors for 1853, having been applied to discharge the liabilities of the Board of 1852. there will be a deficiency in the amount now appropriated for that purpose.

I am Very respectfully. Yr. obed St(Signed) R E Lee, Bvt: Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 304. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington D.C.”