Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Swift

U.S. Military Academy West Point

9. April 1853.

My dear Genl:

I have just recd. your letter of yesterday’s date, & hasten to inform you, that I know of no immediate necessity for a republication of the Register of Officers & graduates of the Mil: Acady, & should think you would be in sufficient time, were you to furnish the desired information in reference to Col: Williams during the summer.

It is very desirable that he should receive honorable mention in the next edition, & I therefore hope you will be able to furnish all the necessary data.

Your journal I am sure would give interesting information as regards the history of West Point, the early state & progress of the Academy, & the instruction of the Cadets. I hope its contents will not therefore be lost, but you are the proper judge of the best means of giving it publicity

I remain faithfully. Your friend & ServtSigned/ R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 19. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Swift 56 Exchange Place New York”