Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

9 March 1853


I have recd the letter of Genl. Wm H. Richardson, Adjt Genl. of Virga., addressed to the Secy of War, which you addressed to me on the 3rd Inst.

I have to report in reply that none of the works recde. from Mons. A Valtemare & transmitted to the Acady. were previously in its Library, & that consequently there are more that could be furnished to that state.

There are however in the Library many copies of Mil. works formerly used as text books, which have been superceded by others & are now only useful as books of reference. Some of these could be advantageously spared to the Mil Academies of Virga. & other states, if desired & they could be so appropriated.

I will mentionFays Official accounts of the War of 1812
Tousard’s Artillerist Companion
Duanes Hand Book for Infy.
Duanes Hand Book for Riflemen
Hutton’s Mathematics 2nd Vol. only
O’Connor’s Science of War & Fortification
Garnett’s Tables for finding the Lat: & Long.
L’allemand Artillery.

Some of these reach to hundreds of volumes.

I remain Very respectfully Yr. obedt. Servt.(Signed) R E. Lee. Br. Col.
Supt: Mil: Acady.

P.S. The letter of Genl. Richardson, is herewith, returned.

Cadet Craighill in anticipation of his graduation in June, requests permission to receive some shirts from his home. & Cadet Gentry asks that he may receive some shirts, Gloves, Socks &c which have been sent for him by his friends to the Office of the Q Master of the Post—which requests are recommended for favorable consideration.

Signed/ REL.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 7. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”