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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. N.Y.

May 4. 1853.

Genl:

An appropriation of $2.500. “for Warming Academy and other buildings” was made 3d. March ’51—which sum will revert to the Treasury unless drawn out previous to the 30th of next month.

I have now in my hands $2000. for the Riding hall—which I cannot dispose of. I do not wish to retain more funds in my hands than are necessary for current expenses. I have therefore the honor to draw your attention to these items; also to the appropriation of $5000—for erecting quarters for Engineer troops appd. March 3d. ’51 and to ask your instructions in regard to them.

I am 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, pp. 24–25. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”