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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady West Point

27 Jany 1853

Genl:

I have been informed that Major Hagner of the Ordnance Dept: has got up a machine, by which he is prepared to strike off paper scales of any dimensions. The Prof: of Engg. thinks it desirable that the scales used by the 1st Class in drawing their problems, should be procured in this way. He has furnished me with patterns of the two kinds of scales used by them, which I herewith forward with a descriptive memorandum. It is supposed that the expense will be small, & that by getting about 200 of each kind, the cost can be refunded to the Mil: Acady, by charging them to the Cadets as issued.

If there is no objection to this course, I beg leave to request that you will refer the matter to the Chief of the Ordnance Bureau & obtain his sanction & order to Major Hagner to have them executed & transmitted to the Acady.

I remain Very resply. Yr. obt SrvtSigned/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

P.S. Cadet Stivers of the 4th Class requests permission to receive from home Twenty five dollars. for the purpose of reducing his indebtedness at the Acady, which is recommended for favorable consideration. He having made no deposit of funds on his admission into the Acady.

(Signed) REL.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 319. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington D.C.”