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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

Jany 6. 1853

Genl:

In forwd the application of Lt: D. R. Jones of the 2nd Infy, to be relieved from duty as Apt. Inst. of Tactics at the Mil. Academy, I beg leave to present for your favorable consideration the name of 1st Lt. A. D. Nelson of the 6th Infy as a suitable Officer to fill the vacancy in that Dept. Should the application of Lt. Jones be granted, I must ask that Lt. Nelson be ordered to report in his place without delay.
Nothing has yet been heard of Lt. Baird who was ordered to take the place of Lt. Haines in the Mathematical Dept:

I have the honor to be Sir Your obedt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee Bvt Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 312. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington DC.”