Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point.

N.Y. 21 Feby 1853


I have recd this morning your letter of the 19th Inst: directing that Cadet William Craig be restored to the 1st Class in the Academy. He will resume his studies at the Institution, so soon as he reports to me for duty.

His discharge was dated 31st Jany, & between that period & the date of his restoration 19th Feby, he was out of the service. In preparing the rolls for muster the last day of this month, the question arises how he shall be taken up? Shall his pay be continuous, or commence from the 19th Inst: The difference will only be about $16. But the question is beyond my authority to decide. I beg leave therefore to request your instructions at your earliest convenience.

I am very resply your obed Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt: Mil. Acady

P.S. 22nd. Feby. Cadet Craig has reported to me this morng. It may be the intention of your order to him of the 19th to allow him transportation from Washington to West Point, as in the case of Cadet Schofield. If so please inform me. He has already been paid transportation to his home. Very resply

(Signed) R.E.L.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 1. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”