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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

March 5. 1853.

Genl:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Dept’s letter of the 28th Feby. concerning the condemned horses now in charge of the Instructor of Artillery & Cavalry at this post. Since the horses are unserviceable, notwithstanding every effort to remedy them, & the Government is at the expense of foraging them, I would respectfully recommend that I should receive authority from the Dept: to sell them, at the first favorable opportunity; & to apply the proceeds to the purchase of others.

I am very respectfully Your obedt. Servt.(Signed) R. E. Lee. Br. Col
Supt. Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 6. Addressed “Genl. Jos. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC”