Robert E. Lee

William H. Richardson

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point.

29 March 1853.


Your letter to the Secretary of War, proposing that such books as had been presented to the U.S. Mil. Academy by Mons. Alex. Valtemare, of which it previously possessed copies; might be transferred to the Mil: Acady of Virginia; was refered to me on the 3d Inst.

None of the works presented by Mr. Valtemare were previously in the Library of the Academy, & there are therefore no superfluous copies to be disposed of; but I have just received authority to offer you for the use of the Mil: Acady of Virginia such Military works as can be spared from the Library, of which we have duplicate copies.

I enclose you a list, & if you will select such as you may judge useful or desirable, it will give me pleasure to forward them according to your directions.

I remain Sir 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. 16. Addressed “Genl: Wm. H. Richardson Adjt. Genl. of Va Richmond”