Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

US Mil: Acady West Point.

24 Jany 1853


The edition of the Regns. of the Mil. Acady. published in 1839, has been entirely exhausted, & for the last six years there have been no copies for distribution even to the Officers of the Acady. The Regns have accordingly been carefully revised with a view of publishing a new edition to supply this want, & I have now the honour to forwd. for your sanction, & the approval of the Honble. Secy. of War, a copy of the proof sheets.

As no change has been made in the former edition, except to embrace all orders & amendments issued since their publication, & such alterations in phraseology & the arrangement of paragraphs, as would reorder the meaning & intention plainer & more natural; I have not thought it necessary to trouble you with the perusal of the manuscript, & to expedite the publication as much as possible, have had it at once set in type. The printer is therefore now waiting for the return of the proof sheets to strike off the edition & liberate his forms.

I must therefore ask the favor of you to obtain the approval of the Secy. at his earliest convenience. The tables “F” “G” & “H”, the Rules and Articles of War, & the extracts from the Army Regns applicable to the Acady, will be appended as usual.

The paper, printing & style of the edition will be similar to that of the Army Regulations.

I remain. Very resply. Yr. Obedt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee. Bvt: Col:
Supt:Mily Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 317. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”