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Robert E. Lee

Joseph F. Ames

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

22 Feby 1853

Sir.

In compliance with your request of the 15th Inst: I enclose a sketch of a view up the river from West Point, which I have thought might answer your purpose. It embraces but a small portion of the Point, the flag staff on the left, & a portion of the encampment on the right, but the view up the river is perhaps of more general notoriety than the point itself. It has been taken by an officer of the Academy, Lt. Richard S. Smith, & is a size adapted to your purpose.

There have been various views of the Point engraved, of a large size, giving the buildings &c. I have seen none very good, & when reduced, I should think would be indistinct & confused. You might however enquire for them at the Print shops & satisfy yourself. There are none here or I would send you one.

There is hanging in the parlor of the West Point Hotel, a view of the Point taken from “Fort Putnam, publd by L. R. Munger, 12 Dey St. New York.” which you could find perhaps at the publishers. I can refer you to no other.

I am very resply. Yr obt Servt(Signed) R E Lee Bt Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 1–2. Addressed “Jos. F. Ames Esq. Chicopee Mass.”